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May 01, 2015, 12:11 ET
Frank Sinatra orchestrated one of the most surprising and touching moments in television history when he reunited estranged partners Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the 1976 Telethon.

MDA Telethon Ends Historic Run, Urgent Fight for Families Continues

MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, today announced that the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving have made this the...

Apr 23, 2015, 11:05 ET
MDA's 2015 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff, along with her parents Jenny and Joe, helped spread awareness to Lowe's employees and customers about the importance of the MDA shamrock and how funds raised through the program will help kids just like her who are affected by neuromuscular disease.

Lowe's Reaches $50 Million Mark in Support of MDA

Lowe's stores and customers nationwide rallied together this spring to raise more than $7.5 million during the Muscular Dystrophy Association's...

Mar 26, 2015, 10:15 ET
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MDA to Offer Genetic Testing for Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced today that thanks to a grant from Genzyme, a Sanofi company, and in collaboration with Emory...

Mar 12, 2015, 11:04 ET
MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks today opened the 2015 Scientific Conference in Washington for more than 400 of the nation's leading scientists, researchers and professionals specializing in neuromuscular disease research and care.

MDA Underscores Commitment to Frontline Discovery, Breakthroughs at Research Conference

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association's chief executive today opened its 2015 Scientific Conference in Washington by declaring to the more than...

Mar 10, 2015, 08:10 ET
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MDA 2015 Scientific Conference to Emphasize Urgent Need for Discovery and Treatment

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will hold its 2015 Scientific Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., March...

Mar 06, 2015, 10:15 ET
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MDA Adds Muscle Disease and ALS Leaders to Research Team

 As the Muscular Dystrophy Association continues to enhance its research and healthcare services programs, the organization has hired two new...

Feb 26, 2015, 17:56 ET
MDA Muscle Walk is the largest, most inspiring event of its kind, bringing communities together - donors, families, partners, sponsors and volunteers - to fight back against muscle disease.

MDA Kicks-Off Annual Muscle Walk Season in Local Communities Nationwide to Fight Back Against Muscle Disease

 Thousands of people in local communities nationwide will take a small step to fund powerful progress for the Muscular Dystrophy Association...

Feb 18, 2015, 13:51 ET
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ReveraGen BioPharma Announces Start Of Phase 1 Clinical Trial Of VBP15 Dissociative Steroid Drug

ReveraGen BioPharma today announced the start of a Phase 1, first-in-human, clinical trial of a novel dissociative steroidal drug, VBP15, under...

Feb 17, 2015, 16:11 ET
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Thousands of Local Businesses to Participate in MDA Shamrock Tradition to Help Families Fighting Muscle Disease Nationwide

 Nearly 31,000 retailers nationwide will rally together to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of...

Jan 27, 2015, 11:45 ET
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MDA Names Kristin Stephenson to VP of Policy and Advocacy to Build on Recent Landmark Victories

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has named Kristin Stephenson, an accomplished lawyer, seasoned public health advocate and active member of the...

Sep 25, 2014, 17:41 ET
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MDA Names Dr. Grace Pavlath to Head Scientific Program as Research Department Intensifies Focus on Ushering Treatments Through Drug Pipeline

Dr. Grace Pavlath, an accomplished muscle disease researcher and tenured professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Emory University School...

Sep 19, 2014, 04:41 ET
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Muscular Dystrophy Community, MDA Help MD-CARE Act Pass Senate, Bill Awaits President's Signature

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the entire muscular dystrophy community are celebrating a tremendous victory today after the MD-CARE...

Aug 31, 2014, 19:10 ET
Rock legend Bret Michaels took his support behind-the-scenes at the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon, airing tonight on ABC stations nationwide, to meet with families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Michaels pledged a $10,000 donation to MDA's National Goodwill Ambassador, 9-year old Reagan Imhoff on the blue carpet to help support MDA's mission to save and improve lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Bret Michaels Rocks "Sweet Home Alabama" on MDA Show of Strength Telethon

Viewers tuning into the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon are in for "Nothin' But a Good Time" when legendary rock star and reality TV star Bret...

Aug 31, 2014, 10:00 ET
Pop star sweethearts Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo took their support behind-the-scenes at the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon to meet with children affected by muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks on MDA Telethon Today

Pop star sweethearts Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo will "show their strength" for families affected by muscle disease on the 2014 MDA...

Aug 29, 2014, 17:10 ET
Champion boxer/ actor Victor Ortiz chats with 15-year-old MDA Ambassador Abbey Umali on the blue carpet at the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon. The 49th annual broadcast airs Sunday, Aug. 31 9|8c on ABC stations nationwide to raise funds and awareness in support of MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Champion Boxers Fight Back Against Muscle Disease

Champion boxers Laila Ali and Victor Ortiz are fighting back against muscle disease by appearing on the annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon this...

Aug 28, 2014, 13:30 ET
Alyssa Milano of the ABC hit drama series “Mistresses” introduces some of the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon’s biggest talent during the 49th annual broadcast airing Sunday, Aug. 31 9|8c on ABC stations nationwide. The annual telethon raises funds and awareness to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

ABC Stars Unite to Fight Back Against Muscle Disease During MDA Show of Strength Telethon

ABC television stars will join forces this Labor Day weekend on the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon airing Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c on ABC...

Aug 27, 2014, 12:02 ET
Country band Rascal Flatts hang out backstage with MDA Ambassador Bryson Foster, 14, at the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon airing Sunday, Aug. 31 9|8c on ABC stations nationwide. The annual telethon raises funds and awareness to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Country Stars Fight Back Against Muscle Disease During 49th Annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon

 Country music stars, including Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and Brad Paisley, will bring their star power to the 49th annual MDA...

Aug 26, 2014, 10:00 ET
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz will open the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon alongside MDA's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff, 9, this Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country. The annual telethon raises funds and awareness to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association's mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Pete Wentz and Wisconsin Girl, 9, to Open MDA Telethon, Sunday on ABC

The Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis., is set to open the 49th MDA Show of...

Aug 20, 2014, 16:55 ET
Pop star sweethearts Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo "show their strength" for families affected by muscle disease on the blue carpet of the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon, airing Sunday, Aug. 31 9|8c on ABC stations nationwide. The annual telethon raises funds and awareness to support MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Star Lineup Set for MDA Show of Strength Telethon This Labor Day Weekend

 The entertainment industry has once again joined together to lend support to the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular...

Aug 15, 2014, 20:47 ET
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MDA President and CEO Takes the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Having a bucket of ice water dumped on your head may not seem dignified, but it is certainly helping MDA and other ALS-fighting organizations raise...