The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a not-for-profit health agency that supports research into more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, including , including muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease (also known as ALS). MDA believes more than one million Americans have some form of muscular dystrophy. The organization operates more than 200 health care clinics across the US, runs summer camps for kids, provides funding for research, publishes educational materials, and engages in national advocacy. It also sponsors more than 200 hospital-affiliated clinics and funds some 330 research projects globally. Founded in 1950, MDA is funded by private contributions.
Along with private contributions, MDA is also funded by corporate sponsorships, such as 7-Eleven, Burger King, CITGO, Harley Davidson, and Safeway.
The organization also publishes print and online magazines, such as Quest and MDA/ALS Newsmagazine.Both Quest and MDA/ALS, published quarterly and a subscribership of over 130,000, provides important stories and facts to people with neurological diseases like tips for better independent living, resources available to people with disabilities, medical treatment and procedures, and and new medical treatments.
After serving 49 years as the host and fundraiser for the MDA, the organization parted ways with comedian Jerry Lewis in 2011. – less