The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency - a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.
As late as 1950, very little was being done to comat neuromuscular disease. In that year, a small group of parents whose youngsters had muscular dystrophy decided to do something about this and MDA was born. Those parents firmly believed that there are no incurable diseases, only diseases for which no treatments have yet been found. That basic philosophy has animated MDA ever since.
What Does MDA Do?
MDA works in your community to combat neuromuscular disease through (1) basic and applied scientific investigation, (2) local comprehensive programs of medical service and clinical care, (3) widespread professional and public health education.
Thanks to the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, on NBC 5 on Labor Day weekend, and many other local fund-raising projects involving all sectors of the community, MDA has been able to organize and maintain a variety of programs and services.