MDA history

posted on January 1, 2011 - 1:34pm
In 1935, the year Rachel Ann Perkinson was born to Clanton and Ellen Perkinson, muscular dystrophy was a mysterious condition that was scarcely understood. The Muscular Dystrophy Association was still 15 years away from creation, and laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities were still four or more decades in the future.
posted on March 1, 2008 - 9:53am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2
On June 6, 1950, a small group of individuals whose lives had been personally touched by muscular dystrophy met in the Bronx, N.Y., office of businessman Paul Cohen (who had facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy).  On that day, this small group formed the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the task of raising funds to support research — the only hope for those with muscular dystrophy....
posted on July 1, 2005 - 1:45pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 4
When you tune in to the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Sept. 4-5, you’ll join nearly 50 million viewers nationwide. While that number is impressive, there’s another figure that’s also remarkable and just as vital to the success of the Telethon: 189. That’s the number of television stations that make up MDA’s one-of-a-kind “Love Network” — stations across the country that will broadcast the...

In the beginning — even before there was a Muscular Dystrophy Association — there was a clinic

posted on February 1, 2003 - 2:04pm
Located within New York Hospital, the clinic was established in the 1940s by Ade Milhorat as the country’s first laboratory and hospital care facility for study and treatment of people with muscular dystrophy. In 1950, Milhorat and a group of affected families — led by businessman Paul Cohen — formed the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America (MDAA). That year the group pledged $19,000 in...