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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary
health agency. The association was formed in 1950
when a group of parents who had ill children gathered
with doctors. They wanted to discover why the children
were ill. They termed the illness muscular dystrophy.
During 1950, the MDA services program was extended
to Northwest Washington. Today there are offices in
Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association program has expanded to cover 43 neuromuscular diseases.
Scientists participate in projects at University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and throughout the world to discover, develop, and test
for treatments.

Community creates understanding
Entertainer, Jerry Lewis, the national MDA chairman, is
a propelling supporter of MDA since early inception of
the association. Poet, Mattie Stepanek, a child who was born with dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, has brought deep awareness of neuromuscular diseases
with his book, Heartsongs and others.Drawing of Dove by Danielle M. Harada Mattie has
appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share
his message of peace.




Drawing of dove
by Danielle M. Harada


Today to further awareness, our state of Washington has
a Goodwill ambassador, eight year old Joshua France,
who has Duchenne disease. Joshua lives in Puyallup.
He also plays baseball, and creates model airplanes from Legos.


MDA program assistance
Muscular Dystrophy Association program helps with:
  • Medical examinations
  • flu shots
  • support groups
  • MDA summer camps
  • Assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs
  • Assistance with the purchase and repair of leg braces
The program is supported almost entirely by private contributions. MDA does not receive government grants or United Way funds. Muscular Dystrophy Association is a nonprofit organization.

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