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

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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Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin Introduces Air Carrier Access Amendments Act

Last week, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin introduced the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act (S. 669). MDA commends Sen. Baldwin for championing this legislation that sets forth important protections for travelers with disabilities.  Even though the Air Carrier Access Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability, was passed more than 30 years ago, individuals with . . .

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Amicus’ Experimental Therapy, AT-GAA, for Late-Onset Pompe Disease

On Feb. 25, Amicus Therapeutics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) to AT-GAA, Amicus’ investigational combination drug therapy ATB200/AT2221 for treating late-onset Pompe disease. The company’s combination drug therapy pairs ATB200, a synthetic human acid alpha-glucosidase enzyme meant to replace the missing enzyme in Pompe disease, with pharmacological chaperone AT2221, . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Amicus Therapeutics Seeks Participants for a Phase 3 Late-Onset Pompe Disease Study

Researchers at Amicus Therapeutics are looking for adults with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) to participate in a Phase 3 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ATB200/AT2221, which researchers hope may improve muscle function and respiratory function compared to the standard of care. Participants will be randomized to . . .

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In Their Shoes: 65 Years of IAFF’s Fight for MDA

In 1952 in South Boston, Charles Crowley was desperate for help. His two sons were living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and needed care. The family needed resources. Charles called a good friend, George Graney. George did what good friends do for friends who need help: He called on his friends, too. Specifically, George asked . . .

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FDA Accepts Sarepta Therapeutics’ New Drug Application (NDA) for Golodirsen to Treat DMD Amenable to Exon 53 Skipping

On Feb. 14, Sarepta Therapeutics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for golodirsen (SRP-4053), its drug candidate for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients amenable to skipping exon 53. Priority Review status requires the FDA to review the application and . . .

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CMTA and MDA Co-Fund Proof-of-Concept Study Using AAV Vector to Deliver Gene Replacement Therapy in X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

On Mar. 1, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced that they have jointly awarded a research grant totaling $276,430 over three years to Kleopas Kleopa, M.D., professor and senior consulting neurologist at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine, in Nicosia, Cyprus. Dr. Kleopa is . . .

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Strengthened by Spinraza, Marley Robinson is Tackling College — and Planning for More

Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day, when the collective rare disease community raises awareness of the conditions with which we live and advocates for access to new novel treatments like Spinraza, the first FDA-approved disease-modifying drug for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare neuromuscular disease that affects people like 18-year-old Marley Robinson. Spinraza is making . . .

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