Since its founding in 1950, the MDA has become one of the nation's largest and best known voluntary health agencies. MDA provides comprehensive medical services to tens of thousands of people with neuromuscular diseases at some 230 hospital-affiliated clinics across the country.
The Association's worldwide research program, which funds over four hundred individual scientific investigations annually, represents the largest single effort to advance knowledge of neuromuscular diseases in the world and to find cures and treatments for them.
MDA funded scientists are in the forefront of cell-based therapy research and are testing potential treatments for several neuromuscular disorders.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the first nonprofit organization honored with the American Medical Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for "significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."
A comprehensive health care and community services program is a large part of MDA's total commitment to providing help and hope to those it serves.
MDA continues to help people meet the challenges created by chronic, progressive neuromuscular disorders by providing diagnostic and follow-up care through its nationwide network of some 225 hospital affiliated clinics. As well as annual physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapy consultations, assistance with the cost of repair to durable medical equipment, access to MDA's equipment inventory loan closet, annual flu inoculations, a summer camp program for young people, educational seminars, and a far reaching network of support groups.
For further information go to www.mda.org or MDA Arizona at 480-753-9084.