Boy with juvenile dermatomyositis scores a touchdown

For more than 60 years, firefighters have teamed with MDA to fight back against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

For one firefighter, the cause became very personal when his son, Chandler Mallen, was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis, a neuromuscular disease that involves inflammation of the muscles. When Chandler asked his father — Scott, a firefighter who has collected donations for MDA’s Fill the Boot program for almost 25 years — if he’d lose the use of his legs, he didn’t wait for an answer.

“Even if I do,” Chandler said, “I’ll never stop trying.”

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Ethan Lybrand, MDA Summer Camp, and His Wheelchair Named “Bumblebee”

Ethan Lybrand loves his Bumblebee. On Oct. 27, the 7-year-old became the proud owner of his first power wheelchair. Black and yellow, the chair’s color scheme is inspired by, and named after, his favorite Transformers character, Bumblebee. For Ethan, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, getting a wheelchair could have been a tough transition. Instead, Ethan . . .

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Meet Cadence: MDA’s Montana State Goodwill Ambassador

Meet Cadence Hometown: Havre, Montana Age: 9 Diagnosis: I have an unspecified myopathy. Myopathies are diseases that cause problems with the tone and contraction of skeletal muscles. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Art, Reading, Rocket Math and Science are my favorite things about school. Favorite People and/or Pets: I love dolphins, including the Miami Dolphins. Although my #1 animal is . . .

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13-Year-Old Author with CMT Made International Headlines with her Petition to American Girl. Now She’s Written a New Book with a Heroine She Can Relate To.

13-year-old Melissa Shang is an activist, an advocate and an author. She’s spoken at the United Nations, given a TedX talk and just published her first book. She is a girl on a mission. And it all started with an American Girl doll named Isabelle. For Melissa, Isabelle was the last straw. Every year, American . . .

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Runway of Dreams Goes Back to School with Tommy Hilfiger

On Wednesday, Runway of Dreams once again announced it is collaborating with the iconic fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger to launch an adaptive version of the fall children’s clothing line.  Following the success of the Tommy Hilfiger Spring collection (which nearly sold out within the first week), the fall collection features a baseball jacket with concealed MagnaReady® magnets to maintain . . .

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