From MDA camp to promising drug trials, summer brings reasons to be hopeful
Can you hear it? It’s the sound of children’s laughter at nearly 80 MDA summer camps across the country. At MDA camp, thousands of kids with muscle disease discover a world where barriers don’t exist, and they meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. It’s a place where kids can just be kids, as they build lifelong friendships and gain increased self-confidence.
Through their partnership with MDA, our nation’s heroic fire fighters save lives even off the clock
The year was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the White House home, a gallon of gas averaged 22 cents, and the TV show “Father Knows Best” kept Americans captivated with Hollywood’s version of the perfect family. But, as explained in a 1954 article published in The Press-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio), no one knew best when it came to treating the estimated 200,000 Americans diagnosed with a “strange...
Fighting the good fight: Celebrating IAFF and all who help us battle muscle disease
As I meet and work with more and more people in the MDA community — families, staff, volunteers, donors and national partners — I’m amazed at the tenacity that drives our lifesaving mission. We are an army mobilized in the fight against muscle disease.
News and updates from the MDA community
Featured in this issue: Muscle Walk in full swing across the country; anti-bullying advocate with Friedreich's ataxia publishes new book; MDA Clinical Conference to be held in March; MDA Team Momentum hits the ground running; Shamrocks program raises millions for the cause; MDA Art Collection achieves milestone; accessible playground database now available; Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating...
A breathtaking view: Visions for 2014 worthy of the work ahead (CEO update)
As I travel from state to state, city to city, I continue to have the privilege of meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They faithfully pledge their leadership and support to MDA, making it possible for us to fund worldwide research, provide comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide, and rally communities to fight back against muscle disease.
Geneticist R. Rodney Howell, chairman of MDA's Board of Directors, testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Sept. 26 to support continued funding for newborn screening
R. Rodney Howell, a pediatrician and medical geneticist who chairs MDA's Board of Directors, advocated for passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 1417) before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Howell emphasized that
In my first six months in my new role, I’ve traveled the country meeting with MDA families, supporters, researchers, staff and others who care passionately about our mission. As a result, I’ve come to view the word HOPE in a new way. HOPE is not only the powerful intention to discover lifesaving treatments and cures. HOPE is a commodity that can be measured — in progress.