A passionate ATV rider and supportive big brother, 14-year old Devin Argall is defying the odds at every turn. The Wisconsin State Goodwill Ambassador was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at the age of two, and doctors told him he would likely need a wheelchair by 10 years old. Today, Devin continues to walk . . .
Earlier this month, in my home state of Colorado, I had the honor of attending the Denver MDA Muscle Walk with some amazing families and individuals. Not only was it great to be back home, it was wonderful meeting so many inspiring groups of people. It never ceases to amaze me how close everyone in . . .
Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a letter Stephanie Hoover wrote to family and friends to ask them to support her in the Louisville Muscle Walk. We thought her characterization of the impact of her disease and her eloquent description of the community she has found within MDA were worth sharing. We hope you agree. . . .
With both of her sons living with muscular dystrophy, MDA Muscle Walk is personal for Tammy Gregory. “I kind of blamed myself when they were first diagnosed,” Tammy says, explaining that she didn’t know she was a carrier of flawed genes that cause Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). “I don’t blame myself now, but it’s hard . . .
Thirteen-year-old Dana Parrott has a live unlimited motto, which she faithfully follows. “I may have muscular dystrophy,” she says. “But muscular dystrophy don’t have me!” In so doing, Dana is showing the world that her limits don’t define her. To every doubter and every “you can’t do that,” she says, “watch me.” Diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) . . .
Three-year-old Paxton is the tiny, grinning powerhouse that keeps his grandpa, Stuart Horton, going. His smile gets Stuart out of bed every morning and, even though it’s tough for the 53-year-old with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease to travel, it’s his grandson’s future that motivates Stuart to participate in MDA Muscle Walk this year. “It’s the simple things . . .
For Cheryle Elliot and her son, Dakota, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is like a part of the family. From selling MDA Shamrocks to attending their local MDA Lock-Up event to participating in Muscle Walk, they do it all — with Dakota smiling and laughing all the way through. Dakota was born with congenital myotonic muscular . . .
MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. But it’s more than anotherfundraising walk. It’s a powerful experience that forges lifelong connections, celebrates families and the barriers they overcome and turns hope into answers. We will be featuring stories of MDA families and their dedication to Muscle Walk here on Strongly . . .
Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Dagmar Munn for her ALS and Wellness Blog. The original can be found here. MDA republishes blog posts about life with ALS from the perspective of those who know it intimately: people with ALS, their family and friends, researchers, advocates, therapists, policymakers and others. To become a contributor, email . . .