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

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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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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Simply Stated: What is Becker Muscular Dystrophy?

Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is a rare genetic disorder involving mutations of the dystrophin gene. BMD exhibits similar signs and symptoms to another condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which is caused by different mutations in the same gene. Although both conditions affect skeletal muscles used for movement, as well as heart muscles, they differ in . . .

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Self-Care for the New Year

When psychotherapist and disability advocate, Lauren Presutti, needs to recenter with a little self-care, she focuses on taking the time to tune into her feelings.  Lauren, who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), is an expert in the mental health field and recognizes the value of self-care.  “Remember to acknowledge and express your feelings, whatever . . .

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MDA Declares 2022 The Year of Independence

For more than 70 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has been committed to empowering people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases to reach their potential.  Through the decades, MDA has led the way through our innovations in care, research, and advocacy.   This year, we go bigger. In an interview with . . .

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