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

Christmas Baking Day

It’s Christmas baking day today. Actually, the preparations started a few days ago, with a shopping trip, of course. Then, last night, Katherine helped me make a batch of Shortbread Cookies using my grandmother’s recipe. We also made a batch of pastry dough for the mince tarts and butter tarts planned for today. So now . . .

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Meet Ernie Johnson

People may know TNT’s Ernie Johnson as the NBA host who shares the stage with pros like Charles Barkley and Shaq. But it’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes him a star in our eyes. This touching story gives us a glimpse into Johnson’s life off-screen as a devoted father of six who . . .

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Meet Warner Smith

For 42-year-old Warner Smith, treatments and cures for ALS can’t come fast enough. Like any doting father, Warner wants to be around for all his young daughter Carlee’s milestone moments. He wants to teach her to drive, see her go to prom and walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Every moment is precious . . .

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Jiffy Lube® Raises More Than $1 Million to Support Kids and Adults with Neuromuscular Disease

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today announced that Jiffy Lube has raised more than $1 million during the fourth annual MUSCLE UP!SM campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. “Each day, kids and adults with neuromuscular diseases are losing their ability to do . . .

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Five Questions with SBMA Researcher Diane Merry

Diane Merry, associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, is working to identify therapeutic opportunities to promote normal androgen receptor function while preventing the toxic effects of polyglutamine expansion in spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). With GlaxoSmithKline, Merry will test small molecule compounds that activate an enzyme called SIRT1 in cell and mouse models of . . .

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Five Questions with CMD Researcher Liza Pon

Liza Pon, professor in the department of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University in New York was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to study the underlying mechanisms at work in CHKB congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). Pon also will test whether therapies that promote function of a protein known as . . .

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Reagan Imhoff

Home and Family Reagan, 10, is the daughter of Jenny and Joe Imhoff. She is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Birthday May 11, 2005 Diagnosis Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Type 2 SMA is a progressive muscle disease . . .

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Kroger-Atlanta Division Supports MDA Shamrock Tradition to Help Families Fighting Muscle Disease

#MDAshamrocks   ATLANTA, March 6, 2015 — Kroger-Atlanta Division stores will raise money this spring to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease by participating in the 33rd annual MDA Shamrock program. From March 8 through March 21, Kroger customers and associates can help accelerate progress in . . .

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A Letter to Heaven

Dear Grandpa, I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I miss you. You died a few months before my 20th birthday. Two-thirds of my life here on earth has been without you. So many of the people I love never knew you. Actually, though, I only knew the last 20 years of your . . .

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