Together, we can help kids and adults grow stronger and live longer, more fulfilled lives.
Muscular Dystrophy Association is leading the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. These debilitating degenerative disorders cause immeasurable pain to sufferers and those who care for them; our goal is to help lessen the pain.
We support research projects worldwide to accelerate treatments and cures that will put these disorders in our rearview forever. We help provide care for individuals from Day 1 of their diagnosis to make sure they’re getting the best treatment available. We empower families across the country with services and support, like equipment assistance and summer camp programs, right in their hometowns.
Over the years, Ride for Life has become the world’s largest Harley-Davidson fundraising event to benefit MDA. Each Ride for Life event brings riders and H.O.G. Chapter members together, partnering them with families and kids living with neuromuscular diseases. The weekend-long celebration is the culmination of a year of fundraising by Harley-Davidson dealerships; it’s a chance for MDA Goodwill Ambassadors to be rock stars and for client families to spend an unforgettable, action-packed weekend with friends and supporters.
When you join MDA and Harley-Davidson on a ride, you join a community of riders making a meaningful difference in the lives of kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Your support is crucial to raising the funds and awareness needed to accelerate treatments and cures for families and individuals who need it now more than ever. Together, we are fighting to give back their everyday freedoms like walking, hugging and even breathing and help them leave limits in the dust.
• 77 percent of every dollar MDA spends goes directly to research, services and education; 14 percent to fundraising; and 9 percent for administration costs.
• MDA spends $70 a minute in its worldwide research program, supporting some 300 projects.
• MDA maintains a nationwide network of 200 clinics, including more than 40 MDA/ALS centers.
• MDA clinics are staffed by teams of top health professionals skilled in the diagnosis and medical management of muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Services provided at MDA clinics may include occupational and respiratory therapy, selected diagnostic tests, genetic counseling and more.
• MDA annually sponsors nearly 80 week long summer camp sessions, serving some 3,500 children across the country and in Puerto Rico. More than 4,300 volunteers give a week of their time to serve as MDA camp counselors and medical staff.
• MDA’s equipment program accepts donations of gently used durable medical equipment, repairs these items as needed, and provides them to individuals with neuromuscular disease to enhance mobility, independence and quality of life.