Babies born with SMA type 1 often don't live past the age of two years. SMA type 1 is the No. 1 genetic-killer of babies born in the United States.

People diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) have a life expectancy of three to five years following diagnosis.

Boys diagnosed with Duchenne muscular distrophy may live into their twenties, but lose muscle function slowly during their lives.

But because of MDA and YOU, there is hope

MDA's investment in research is helping people today, and we're speeding the search
for treatments and cures to ensure a better tomorrow.

With your help, MDA is:

  • Working to increase the number of effective drugs available for
    families
  • Helping increase the number of clinical trials underway to test
    potential new therapies
  • Looking to host clinical trials in MDA clinics
  • Facilitating earlier diagnosis, which leads to earlier intervention
    and better outcomes
  • Striving to better understand these diseases in order to help
    scientists uncover new treatments.

You can change the future for people with
muscle disease - it just takes an idea.