In 2018, Sandy Morris, wife and mother of three, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 51. Sandy is a passionate advocate for ALS research who aspires to make ALS a priority on this planet with the help of MDA and I am ALS. She has a powerful support group in . . .
In 13 years, MDA’s Night of Hope Gala, hosted every fall in Atlanta, Ga., has raised more than $9 million dedicated to funding critical research focused on treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And one of the event’s biggest champions is also one of the people it benefits most. Ten years ago, Atlanta resident Ed . . .
Since the early 1950s, not long after the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s formation, America’s young people living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases have stepped forward to share their stories, raise awareness of the need for treatments and cures for rare diseases, and represent MDA’s mission with humanity and grace. More than 40 MDA National . . .
Twin brother and sister Michael and Amy Schleicher’s story starts where a lot of kids’ stories do. They looked up to their big brother, Matt, and when he did something cool, Michael and Amy wanted to do it, too. In the case of the fateful summer that would point the twins in a long-term direction, . . .
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 . . .
On Dec. 23, 2018, the MDA office of Minnesota and the Dakotas received its biggest gift ever — and it came as a surprise from one man who felt connected to MDA’s mission. Steven Williams, a native of Clarkfield, Minn. and a Vietnam War veteran, graduated from college in the mid-1970s with a degree in . . .
Jenni Gold has been writing, directing and producing film shorts, movies and TV shows for more than 20 years. She’ll tell you, since she was a kid making movies with a Hi8 camcorder, she’s been in love with Hollywood for a lot longer. She’ll also tell you there’s a problem with it. It’s failing the . . .
Growing up with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), Lainie Ishbia learned about living with invisible disability — experiencing the daily struggle of movement without looking, outwardly and obviously, as if that’s the case. She also learned, once ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs, or braces) made her disability visible, those devices designed to help make movement easier can also make . . .
Patrick Cusick’s journey with MDA — and with muscular dystrophy — started 12 years ago, in, of all places, a life insurance office. Twenty-nine at the time, the Ohio native and his wife were expecting their first child, and making preparations as parents (or soon-to-be parents) do. Securing life insurance meant taking some medical tests; . . .
Every year on Sept. 30, people around the world wear lime green and come together online and in their communities to celebrate Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) Awareness Day. Now four years old, LGMD Awareness Day has been embraced by the LGMD patient community as a way to raise awareness and honor individuals living with the . . .