Despite the progress in the quest for treatments and cures, individuals living with the life-threatening diseases that newly approved drugs treat are facing a new challenge — gaining access to the approved therapies. Today, some individuals and families are unable to access FDA approved therapies, which can significantly impact the health and life of the person denied access. Not having access to appropriate therapies is unacceptable. A treatment cannot change the lives of families and individuals if they do not have access to it.
This week, hundreds of the best and brightest scientists from around the country are gathering in the Washington, D.C., area at the 2017 MDA Scientific Conference, with the goal of working collectively toward advancing scientific breakthroughs to save and improve lives for MDA families.
Here’s how I see it: If families are at the heart of everything MDA does, then volunteers are the lifeblood that energizes our every heartbeat. Bob Bennett and Dr. Chris Rosa exemplify not only the best of our volunteers, but also the best of people.