Welcoming the 2022 MDA National Ambassadors

MDA’s Ambassadors are pivotal to our mission: empowering people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases to achieve their potential. We do that through care, research, and advocacy. Because the mission is big, we need big partners who can help evangelize what MDA is, what we do, and, most importantly, who we do it for. Enter, . . .

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The MDA Ambassador Role & How to Become One

MDA Ambassadors are individuals affected by neuromuscular disease who share their story and help raise awareness, thus broadening the impact we make and bringing visibility to our mission. Beginning in the early 1950s, when public awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy and related diseases were almost non-existent, MDA put a human face on its mission . . .

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Inclusion in STEM: A Discussion with General Motors

According to the National Science Foundation, individuals living with a disability, such as neuromuscular disease, are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Yet STEM-based careers are growing exponentially, and diversity is needed to drive innovation in these fields. As part of MDA’s mission to transform the lives of individuals living with neuromuscular . . .

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Introducing New MDA National Ambassador Keisha Greaves and Checking in With Ambassador Ethan LyBrand

Beginning in the early 1950s, when public awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases were extremely limited, MDA began calling upon individuals living with these diseases to serve as National Ambassadors, telling their personal stories and inspiring support of MDA. More than 40 MDA National Ambassadors, including children and adults, have met U.S. . . .

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On World FSHD Awareness Day 2020, MDA National Ambassador Tana Zwart Asks Us to Share Our Truths

“For any story of changing the world is always the story of many.” — Judith Heumann Tomorrow, June 20, is World FSHD Awareness Day, dedicated to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a disease that etched itself into my DNA and, since I was 7, completely changed the trajectory of my life. Next month, on July 26, the . . .

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Hacking COVID: MDA Ambassador Edition, Part 2

In April, MDA fielded a survey to ask its community how COVID-19 was impacting their lives. We heard your responses — anxiety, questions, hope — and wanted to know more. In this six-part blog series, Hacking COVID, people from MDA’s community, all living with neuromuscular diseases, shared how they’ve altered their day-to-day lives, how they’ve . . .

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Hacking COVID: MDA Ambassador Edition, Part 1

In April, MDA fielded a survey to ask its community how COVID-19 was impacting their lives. We heard your responses — anxiety, questions, hope — and wanted to know more. In this six-part blog series, Hacking COVID, people from MDA’s community, all living with neuromuscular diseases, shared how they’ve altered their day-to-day lives, how they’ve . . .

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MDA National Ambassadors Share the Everyday Impact of Neuromuscular Disease

In 1950, when the Muscular Dystrophy Association was founded, muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disease weren’t well known or well understood. But they were, as today, affecting an entire community of kids and adults. And so in 1952, MDA made a move to introduce this community of individuals and families to the world. MDA’s National Ambassador . . .

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This Back-to-School Season, MDA National Ambassador Justin Moy Looks Ahead to Sophomore Year

School creeps up on you! At first you look at your three-and-a-half months on the calendar and marvel at the expansive possibilities, but here I am three months later and I’ve done maybe three quarters of what I wanted to get done. It’s not to say that I’ve been lounging around, although there has been . . .

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