Refusing to be defined by his ALS, former NFL player Steve Gleason lives a life rich with purpose
In his eight-year NFL career as a safety and special teams standout for the New Orleans Saints, Steve Gleason never had the opportunity to play in a Super Bowl. Though Gleason’s not the type to live with regrets, watching his former team win it all in 2009 — just two years removed from his retirement — must have been bittersweet. But this year, during an otherwise lackluster game, Steve Gleason...
A strong support system makes it possible for one gifted student with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to pursue his dreams
Raymond Walter isn’t your typical teenager. Having graduated from high school at age 14 and from college at 18, he’s already knee-deep in his doctoral studies in mathematics and physics as a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Arkansas at age 19.
Advocacy is needed to pass amendments to this landmark bill that will expand muscular dystrophy research and health care efforts
Times have changed dramatically since 2001, thanks to the passage that year of the Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education (MD CARE) Act — a bill designed to advance research and health care for all forms of muscular dystrophy. Among the changes:
The daylong, MDA-supported conference held Aug. 24, 2013, focused on all aspects of Becker muscular dystrophy; videos are now online
The 2013 MDA-supported Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference, held Aug. 24 in Baltimore and co-hosted by MDA and Johns Hopkins Medicine, was "high-energy" with "phenomenal" presenters, says Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy, who attended and helped organize the meeting.
Some 130 people attended in person and many more, including some from outside the United States, attended...
The Ms. Wheelchair America program gives women with disabilities a platform for breaking down barriers and promoting important change
Wanted: Articulate, dynamic, driven women with a strong vision for change in the world. Must be willing to break down barriers and connect with people of all backgrounds. Public speaking and statewide travel required. Candidates will be provided with expert training in handling media inquiries, optimizing social media networking, public speaking, current legislative and public policy trends, self...
A big sports fan with a bigger heart, this 11-year-old is ready to speak out for MDA
Bryson Foster dreams big. No, make that B-I-G.
But those with big hearts usually do.
"Even if you dream small, those small things can turn into big things in the end," says Bryson, with wisdom beyond his 11 years.
In true sports vernacular, he adds: "Go big or go home."
So, Bryson continues to dream about one day being the starting quarterback for his beloved Cincinnati Bengals, or a professional...
On a beautiful autumn day in September, six accomplished adults came to Washington, D.C., representing the voice and experience of hundreds of others who share the common experience of being adults living with “pediatric-onset” neuromuscular disorders.
“We were the generation that was hoped for — and now we’re here,” said Vance Taylor, 33, a homeland security consultant from Washington, D.C., who...