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Muscular Dystrophy

The Power of a Selfie

Kristin Duquette | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I've always been a bit self-conscious about people taking my picture; especially when the photographer asks me to smile more; unbeknownst that I have a condition which weakens my facial muscles.

Remembering Mattie Stepanek 10 Years After His Death

OWN | Posted 06.24.2014 | OWN

Back in 2001, Oprah introduced the world to an extraordinary little boy: poet, peacemaker and philosopher Mattie Stepanek. The 11-year-old, who was wi...

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

A Lay (Wo)mans Description; FSHD Muscular Dystrophy 101

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

At some point in time when we are in a conversation with someone who is disabled, we always come to the point that somebody will ask "What do you have?"

Semper Fi

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

So it was, on the day set aside for fathers and their children, Marc went home to be with his dad, where this time the Marine stood waiting for his son. Semper Fi.

This 'Happy' Flash Mob Wants To Save A Sick Boy's Life

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact

We’ve seen plenty of heartwarming flash mobs, but none with quite as bold of a mission as the crew that just came out of Colorado. On Tuesday, a...

This Kid's Rendition Of The Lumineers' 'Ho Hey' Is Inspiring

Posted 03.17.2014 | Good News

Last June, when Van Bernard performed with his music therapist, Tom Curry, at the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 6-year-old ...

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

The Gift My Disability Gave Me

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Sometimes the only way we are able to change our perspective is because our perspective is changed for us.

The Strength I Found Through Physical Activity

Kristin Duquette | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Kristin Duquette

Even before I was diagnosed at age nine, swimming as a child established the neural pathways and mental memory in my brain which became evident when I retaught a different body how to swim after a six-year break.

My Daughter Who Almost Wasn't

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

I however share a more intrinsic view. My child, even unborn, is a person of their own. Because her life itself is life, growing and developing, albeit within my body, but still her very own.

The Struggle to Move Forward With Disability

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Life is about taking control. It's about rising above the challenge's we are given. If it wasn't for the hardships, we could never appreciate life's wonders and blessings. This is how I became a disability advocate.

Labor Day Is America's Day for MDA!

Donnie Demers | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment
Donnie Demers

Those were the lyrics to the National Jingle for Muscular Dystrophy's Jerry Lewis Telethon back in 1983. I should know, I wrote them. My oh my, have the times changed.

Teen Attacker: "What's Your Last Words Before You Die?"

AP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Crime

PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh 15-year-old choked his physically disabled best friend over a girl and beat him until he was unconscious, then pushed his b...

Annual MDA Telethon Goes A New Way

AP | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact

LOS ANGELES -- No tote board. No Jerry Lewis. And not from Las Vegas. An annual Muscular Dystrophy Association television fundraiser goes a new way S...

WATCH: Firefighters Get Very Odd Donation

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact

Do-gooder with marital jewelry to spare? Or spouse with a lot of explaining to do? Cranston, R.I., firefighters suspect the latter after someone le...

My Pool Heroes

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Although for me swimming is a solitary experience, a meditation, the people I have met at the various pools over the years and whose names I often don't even know have also helped me deal with my condition. I am certain they don't know it.

WATCH: Disabled Vet Exposes $61 Million Medicaid Scam

Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact

After nearly losing his life to negligent nursing care, a Vietnam veteran filed a whistleblower lawsuit that exposed a $61 million Medicaid scam, CNN....

In Jerry Lewis' Absence, MDA Telethon Asks U.S. To Raise Just $1 More Than Year Before

AP | By OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 11.04.2011 | Impact

By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- Although absent its biggest star in Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is asking millions...

What Will They Tell Jerry's Kids?

Jim Moret | Posted 10.08.2011 | Impact
Jim Moret

Jerry Lewis' departure was so blatantly disrespectful to his near half-century of commitment to MDA. He was denied the opportunity to say goodbye to the two generations of viewers who had grown up watching the funnyman.

Jerry Lewis Won't Appear At This Year's MDA Telethon

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 10.03.2011 | Impact

LAS VEGAS — Comedian Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association aren't saying why they're fully parting ways after 45 years and raising ...

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 07.19.2011 | New York
Len Berman

If you haven't heard, a California preacher says the world will end at 6 pm Saturday. Since post time for the Preakness is around 6:15 pm, betting on the race would be a waste of time and money.

Donation Jar Robbery: Thieves Make Off With Money Pegged For Muscular Dystrophy Research

The Denver Post | Adam Singleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A trio of robbers included a change jar earmarked to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association in their haul when they knocked off a Colorado Springs co...

Disabled Students Bring Inspiration As 'Honorary Cheerleaders'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For two teenage students, one with muscular dystrophy and the other with cerebral palsy, cheering their high school teams to victory is an exciting ac...

Though Dayniah Manderson Has Muscular Dystrophy, A Lasting Friendship Has Inspired Many

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Dayniah Manderson lives with muscular dystrophy -- just two years ago she wasn't expected to live, but now she's become an inspirination to her middle...