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An expression of the live unlimited spirit, stories and voices of the MDA community

Ensuring Economic Independence for the Neuromuscular Community

Did you know that according to a recent MDA survey, only 21% of adults living with neuromuscular disease are working part or full-time? Many individuals with disabilities have a desire to work but face employment hurdles, including the lack of wraparound support services, inaccessible workplaces, discriminatory wages, and a potential loss of Supplemental Security Income . . .

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Research Study Alert: Survey of Pain Self-Management and Well-Being in People with General Pain or with Myotonic Dystrophy

Researchers at Newcastle University are seeking adults living with general pain or with myotonic dystrophy (DM) to participate in a survey to learn about the ability of individuals affected by these conditions to self-manage pain and to determine how this affects overall well-being. This study involves a 15-20 minute online survey. To be eligible, individuals must . . .

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Life-Saving PJ’s Protocol Was Inspired by a Person With DMD

At Daytona International Speedway, if you see a silver wheelchair-accessible minivan flash by outside the stadium, it’s shuttling people who need assistance getting around the expansive venue. Philip James “PJ” Nicholoff would be happy knowing that his family donated his beloved van to the speedway, and its back windows display signage honoring him. A big . . .

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Simply Stated: What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) belongs to a group of rare genetic disorders, known as dystrophinopathies, that are caused by mutations of the dystrophin gene. DMD is characterized by progressive degeneration and weakness of the body’s voluntary muscles, primarily the skeletal muscles that control movement. In later stages, the heart and respiratory muscles may also be . . .

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: MDA’s Spotlight on Dr. Angela Lek

In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is honored and excited to highlight the career and accomplishments of Dr. Angela Lek, PhD. International Women and Girls in Science Day, February 11, endeavors to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable role that women and girls play in accelerating . . .

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Year in Review: MDA Family Support Team Services and Programming   

The individuals and families in our neuromuscular community have always been the heart of MDA’s mission. MDA’s Family Support Team executes a variety of programs that empower individuals and families on their journeys. As another year ends, and the new year is ramping up, the Family Support Team is proud to reflect on services provided . . .

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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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Quest for Success: Alexa Dectis

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues our commitment to empowering people living with neuromuscular disease, we are excited to kick off our 2022 blog series: “Quest for Success”. Success looks different to everyone and this monthly blog will detail the different paths that individuals with neuromuscular disease have taken to reach their potential and . . .

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It Helps to Have a Friend Who Understands Your Neuromuscular Disease

For the first six months following her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis, Valerie Geerer’s instinct was to keep the news to herself. “My husband and close family and friends knew, but I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with co-workers or acquaintances,” she says.  Then she met Dora Sementilli. Like Valerie, Dora was in her 50s . . .

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