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About the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

About the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA funds worldwide research; onemusclebanner2provides comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallies communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Here is a printable version of the MDA Fact Sheet.

What does MDA cover?

The majority of diseases under MDA’s umbrella are caused by genetic factors. All result in progressive muscle weakness. Symptoms can range from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing. Among these diseases, the age of onset varies from birth to adulthood, and life span after diagnosis can be as short as a year or as long as several decades.

For detailed information about each of the neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program, visit the MDA Disease Directory.

 

Click here to learn what MDA does and how our donations are going to improve the lives of not only those with Muscular Dystrophy but their families and especially those to be diagnosed in the future.