For Strength, Independence and Life

At the Muscular Dystrophy Association, we believe in living life, unlimited.

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We’re fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

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The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug. To eat. To breathe.

Each day these freedoms are taken away from kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that weaken muscle strength and limit mobility. Together we can change that.

What we do

MDA is funding
more than 150 current research projects in 11 countries

Kids and adults make
nearly 50,000
visits to MDA Care Centers each year

More than 3,800 kids receive their “best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp, free of charge

You’ve helped make
this progress and more possible


Be a Limit Defier

Whether you’re looking to volunteer at a camp or local office, organize a group of friends to fundraise, run in a marathon, or advocate for the cause, the ways to get involved are endless.


News & Stories

Have you had your flu shot?

The best months to receive your flu shots are October and November! Get more flu season tips to make sure you and your family are prepared.

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Biogen Submits New Drug Application for Nusinersen to Become an Approved Treatment for SMA

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Eteplirsen Granted Accelerated Approval

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy! Decades of MDA research and investment have paid off with the first disease-modifying drug available to treat DMD. We are filled with hope.

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MDA is pleased to announce that we have launched a new MDA National Resource Center that is now available to provide families one-on-one support from trained specialists.

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See our Research Impact in 2016

With more than $17 million committed to new research projects this year, we’re taking a big picture approach to accelerating treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.

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New Research Grants Aim to Help MDA Families Live Unlimited

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Deflazacort demonstrates significant muscle strength improvement in DMD

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NDA Filing for ALS Treatment Accepted by the FDA

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Where to Stay When Away

Tracking down accessible accommodations doesn’t have to be complicated — if you know where to look and how to book

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From Modeling to Marching Band to Motherhood, Alabama Woman with MD Lives Unlimited

Born with a rare type of congenital myopathy, Tira is now mom to three healthy children: 5-year-old Tacari, 10-year-old Jaiden and 14-year-old Nylah.

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Some said Jimmy would never have a shot at love. He said, “Watch me!”

Jimmy Valdes had a lot of things going for him: a good job, family and friends who loved and cared for him, and an optimistic outlook on life.

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America’s Fire Fighters Fill the Boot to Support Kids and Adults with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and Related Diseases

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Meet Our Partners

These friends are helping MDA families live longer, grow stronger and defy limits.

MDA Resource Center: We’re Here For You

Our trained specialists are here to provide one-on-one support for every part of your journey. Send a message below or call us at 800-572-1717. If you live outside the U.S., we may be able to connect you to muscular dystrophy groups in your area, but MDA services are only available in the U.S.