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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...

Jul 17, 2014, 14:31 ET
"60 Years Strong" (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Fire Fighters and MDA Celebrate "60 Years Strong"

The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) are set to kick off another summer season of the fire...

Jul 08, 2014, 10:00 ET
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First Time Ever, MDA Invites Public To Vote For Their Favorite Telethon Moment; Top Four To Be Featured On 49th Annual Broadcast

 For the first time, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast telethon the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, one of America's...

Feb 25, 2014, 13:41 ET
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MDA Chief Executive Implores Congress to Reauthorize MD-CARE Act

At a Congressional hearing today in Washington, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) chief executive briefed legislators on the enormous...

Feb 05, 2014, 12:44 ET
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Wisconsin Girl Announced As MDA National Goodwill Ambassador

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador is 8-year-old Wisconsin sensation Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin. The...

Jan 30, 2014, 12:02 ET
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Augie's Quest To Transition from MDA to the ALS Therapy Development Institute

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Augie Nieto, co-chairman of MDA's ALS division together with his wife Lynne, today announced they are...

Dec 20, 2013, 07:05 ET
To join MDA Team Momentum or to learn more, please visit, MDAteam.org and like the MDA Team Momentum page on Facebook at facebook.com/MDATeamMomentum.  (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

New Nationwide MDA Endurance Program Off and Running

The Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced the formation and launch of MDA Team Momentum, a new nationwide endurance program designed to...

Dec 12, 2013, 15:00 ET
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MDA Awards Second 'Bridge-to-Industry' Grant

Program Trains Researchers in Drug Development The Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced it has awarded a second grant under the...

Nov 14, 2013, 09:00 ET
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Halo Therapeutics Receives $500,000 MDA Award to Develop Drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Halo Therapeutics LLC and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today announced that $500,000 has been awarded for development of the...

Sep 03, 2013, 03:05 ET
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48th Annual MDA Telethon Raises $59.6 Million To Fight Back Against Muscle Disease

America, sponsors, star-studded celebrity lineup put their strength behind the Muscular Dystrophy Association during 2-hour broadcast...

Sep 02, 2013, 02:10 ET
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MDA Telethon At $54.1 Million, Giving Invited Through Midnight Monday

Musical performances and inspiring family stories were featured prominently on tonight's MDA Show of Strength Telethon. The Muscular Dystrophy...

Sep 01, 2013, 10:00 ET
The Backstreet Boys will open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon tonight with their newest single "In A World Like This" on ABC television stations across the country.  (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Backstreet Boys To Open 2013 MDA Show Of Strength Telethon Labor Day Weekend

 Get ready for a "Larger than Life" performance when the Backstreet Boys open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon this Labor Day...

Aug 13, 2013, 09:00 ET
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Stars Announced For MDA Telethon This Labor Day Weekend On ABC-TV

Ryan Seacrest, Luke Bryan, Backstreet Boys, Darius Rucker, Paula Abdul, Enrique Iglesias, Matthew Morrison and Austin Mahone among those to appear...

Jun 17, 2013, 12:18 ET
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ABC Television Network is New Home of MDA Show of Strength Telethon

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast telethon, one of America's longest-standing and beloved fundraising and...

May 01, 2013, 14:57 ET
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MDA Highlights Poignant "Anyone's Life Story" Series in May During National ALS Awareness Month

National ALS Awareness Month begins today and the Muscular Dystrophy Association honors those living with the disease by featuring five unique...