Amy and Jamie Shinneman Find Purpose on Their Way to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

For the last four months, Amy Shinneman has been training to do something she never imagined doing: hitting the pavement as a participant in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Amy, a 45-year-old Noblesville, Ind., native, lives with Bethlem myopathy, a form of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy that causes muscle weakness throughout her limbs. “From . . .

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At a Cedars-Sinai Care Center, Dr. Robert Baloh Looks Under — and Ahead of — the Microscope for CMT and ALS

Even though the Martinez family lives in Burbank, Calif., within an hour’s drive to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, their road to the hospital’s specialized clinics — to Dr. Robert Baloh and his work there — was a long one. Daniel and Gladis Martinez have two daughters: Genesis, 15, and Isabella, 14, born just 10 . . .

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2109 Clinical & Scientific Conference Highlight: Healthcare Technology Moves Out of the Clinic, Into the Pocket

Computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become ubiquitous features of our daily lives — but not of our healthcare. At least, not yet. But a group of physicians at MDA’s 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference made a few convincing cases for increased use of personal electronics in healthcare and clinical trials. Dr. James Berry of . . .

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Do You Know ALS? Meet Brant.

For Dane Boersma, the best things in life were simple: a good cup of coffee, and some good people to drink it with. That was the idea behind the formation of Dutch Bros Coffee in 1992, when Dane and his brother Travis, both dairy farmers, left the dairy business with 100 pounds of coffee beans, . . .

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Do You Know ALS? Meet Ed.

In 13 years, MDA’s Night of Hope Gala, hosted every fall in Atlanta, Ga., has raised more than $9 million dedicated to funding critical research focused on treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And one of the event’s biggest champions is also one of the people it benefits most. Ten years ago, Atlanta resident Ed . . .

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Introducing New MDA National Ambassador Tana Zwart, and Checking in With Ambassadors Faith Fortenberry and Justin Moy

Since the early 1950s, not long after the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s formation, America’s young people living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases have stepped forward to share their stories, raise awareness of the need for treatments and cures for rare diseases, and represent MDA’s mission with humanity and grace. More than 40 MDA National . . .

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Buy a Shamrock, Grow Hope

It’s March, and at MDA that means only one thing: It’s Shamrocks season! Each St. Patrick’s Day season for the last 37 years, MDA has partnered with 20,000 retailers nationwide to raise a little green (more than $323 million, to be exact) both to send kids to MDA Summer Camp and to fund groundbreaking research . . .

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