The Muscular Dystrophy Association, or MDA, is the pioneer and world’s largest nonprofit health agency devoted to discovering treatments and cures for the over 40 types of neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The organization’s efforts are made possible due to world-wide funding and research which allows MDA to provide comprehensive healthcare services and support to families and individuals affected by muscle disease; as well as promoting advocacy, fundraising, and local, national, and world-wide engagement to bring awareness to this disease.
For every dollar donated, the MDA invests 77 cents directly towards the MDA mission “saving and improving the lives of people fighting muscle disease.” With a nationwide network of over 200 clinics and 44 MDA/ALS centers, the MDA connects muscle disease specialists with those diagnosed to provide expert care and treatment. Donations are also used to send over 3,600 children diagnosed with MD to MDA summer camps each year completely free of charge to the families.
With numerous other programs and services such as public health education programs, advocacy groups, online supportive services and publications, and providing myMuscleTeam, a personal support network, dedicated to helping individuals recruit in-home care, the MDA is truly an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by this disease while simultaneously funding research to find a cure.
The MDA has been designated a “Top-Rated Charity” by the American Institute of Philanthropy, and MDA is the first nonprofit to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American Medical Association for “significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.”
For more information about the MDA please visit mda.org.