Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Everyone

Ben Schwartz doesn’t let Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) stop him from enjoying the great outdoors. This 9-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, has wheeled up massive sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado, strolled paved trails at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, and skied down a snowy slope at . . .

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Quest for Success: Matthew Lawson

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

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Father-Son Contribution to the 35th Annual Ride for Life

The relationships we at MDA form with our community is one of the most rewarding parts of our mission. One such relationship is our friendship with Jon Burcaw and his son Shane. As a long-time supporter of Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson – a member of the Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealership Association (EHDDA) – Jon became a supporter of . . .

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MDA Recognizes the Esteemed Members of Our Volunteer Advisory Committee

For over 70 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has led the way as the #1 Voluntary Health Organization in the U.S. for people living with neuromuscular diseases. Through volunteer committees, boards, community events, and Summer Camps where kids build confidence and independence, volunteers are tightly woven into MDA’s fabric. We could not build on our . . .

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Adaptive Sports Offer Benefits for All Ages

Name almost any sport, and it probably can be adapted for various abilities. That includes baseball, skiing, surfing, rock climbing, football, hockey, rowing, and more. The way a sport is adapted varies based on the type of equipment used. For example, there are wheelchair versions of tennis, curling, basketball, and rugby. Other sports use specialized . . .

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Promoting Diversity in Rare Disease Research

Drug companies are developing more therapies for rare disease patients — and doing it faster — than ever before. But when it comes to enrolling minorities in clinical trials, the US track record is lagging behind. That subject was the focus of a March 15 session during the 2022 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference in . . .

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MDA Welcomes National Volunteer Month with Gratitude

For over 70 years, MDA has led the way as the #1 Voluntary Health Organization in the U.S. for people living with neuromuscular diseases. We build on our legacy of innovation in research, care, and fundraising by celebrating National Volunteer Month, to thank our volunteers who work tirelessly to support MDA’s mission and the families . . .

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Quest for Success: Tana Zwart

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

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Living Through War in Ukraine with a Neuromuscular Disease

When Yuliya Matyushenko was 12 years old, the Paris-based rare disease organization Eurordis featured her on a poster promoting Rare Disease Day 2015. In late February, the young woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was hiding in a bare concrete basement in Kharkiv as Ukraine’s second-largest city, located only 35 kilometers from the Russian border, . . .

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