Muscular Dystrophy Association - Greater San Francisco & Bay AreaMuscular Dystrophy Association - Greater San Francisco & Bay...
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals -- and the families who love them -- from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. Together with our supporters, we’re helping... Read more
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals -- and the families who love them -- from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. Together with our supporters, we’re helping kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.
The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug. To eat. To breathe. Each day across the country, these everyday freedoms are taken away from kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that weaken muscle strength and severely limit mobility.
MDA takes a big-picture perspective across neuromuscular diseases to uncover breakthroughs that will accelerate treatments and cures. The power in this research approach is that knowledge and information from one disease can often yield progress in others to speed urgently needed answers for families.
Here are some of MDA’s current highlights: * Funding about 150 MDA research projects around the world * Awarded nearly 70 MDA research grants in 2016 with a total funding commitment of more than $16 million * Contributed to dozens of clinical trials now underway * In 2016, the FDA approved the first disease-modifying drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
MDA Camp is an incredibly rewarding experience as a counselor; so much so, that it can't be fully detailed here. The camaraderie that is developed between the campers and counselors over the week long camp is amazing. The kids are given opportunities to experience things at camp that they might not normally be able to do at home, ranging from swimming to playing soccer.
The staff that put on the camp do a wonderful job every year of making sure that it's organized, fun, and safe. I listened to my closest friends tell me for several years how fun the camp was before I managed to join them. I regret not doing it sooner. It was easily the greatest volunteer experience of my life, and I hope that every child with Muscular Dystrophy gets to experience camp at least once.
As a returning camp counselor, I can speak for the annual summer camp that MDA runs, which gives the younger generation suffering from MD's a time that every camper describes as simply amazing.
Every year that I have volunteered as a counselor, it's been a week of amazing growth, reflection, gratification in making a difference in someone else's life, and just plain fun!
This is an experience that I have recommended to everyone of my friends, not just for the sake of helping a great cause, but also for the personal growth that counselors gain from every year. Call it cliché, but I cannot write enough good things about my experience with MDA summer camps!
by Jennifer H. from Yakima, WA
Volunteering here was litteraly a life changing experience. The kids are incredible, the staff is amazing and helpful! The week at camp is hardwork but it is so worth it! Once you get to know the kids you will be hooked just like I was. Going to my fifth camp this summer, hope to see you there!