Year of Independence

Style Momentum: Gaining Independence Through Accessible Design and Self-Expression The Year of Independence shines a light on ways the MDA community can effect change in 2022 and beyond — from career to personal relationships to the clothes we wear.  When it comes to fashion and style, people living with disabilities have been using their voices . . .

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Limited Edition DeMarini Bat to Raise Awareness for MDA

Anyone who knows softball and baseball the way that Kevin “Joey” Daily does, knows that DeMarini bats are some of the finest performance bats on the market. In addition to a variety of doublewall and singlewall top-of-the-line bats, Demarini also releases an annual, limited-edition bat. These special edition bats are produced in incredibly small batches . . .

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Life at the Intersection of Disability and LGBTQ

When Elisa Ramos, a 28-year-old Central Valley, California, resident with myasthenia gravis (MG), walks into a restaurant with her partner, she’s keenly aware of the looks. “I already face discrimination and displacement because of my disability,” she says. “My scars, medical equipment, and dragging feet get attention, and being with a female partner amplifies that.” . . .

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Simply Stated: What Is Neuromuscular Disease?

Neuromuscular disease refers to a diverse group of rare conditions that affect some part of the neuromuscular system, such as: Muscles Nerves in the peripheral nervous system (arms and legs) Nerves in the central nervous system (spinal cord) The neuromuscular junction, where nerves and muscles meet Neuromuscular diseases generally cause muscle weakness, fatigue, and other . . .

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MDA Tribute Tour Takes Houston: A “Family Reunion” to Remember

Thursday night, June 2, 2022, individuals from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), along with local volunteers, MDA families and MDA partners descended on Hotel ZaZa in Memorial City, Houston, Texas for what was truly a magical night. The evening consisted of a never-ending photo-op station, lots of conversation and reconnecting with friends, food AND the . . .

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Quest for Success: Brian Chao

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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MDA Chicago Muscle Walk MC Billy Z is Changing the World One Slice at a Time

Eight years ago, if you were looking for Billy Zureikat you would find him on the basketball court. The 38-year-old, former ESPN producer and current logistics manager’s passion was on the court. That all changed when years of symptoms and eventually a diagnosis in 2021 of limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) began to impact his . . .

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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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