The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is an American organization which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals and the general public. The organization was founded in 1950 as the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America, renamed to its present name in the 1970s.
Many celebrities assist the organization, including Jerry Lewis, Ed McMahon, Tom Bergeron, Jann Carl, Ace Young, Cynthia Garrett, Billy Gilman, Norm Crosby, Alison Sweeney, Maureen McGovern, Don Francisco, John Ondrasik, and many more. Several notable celebrities with Muscular Disorders make personal appeals on behalf of this association, including Todd Taylor. MDA's national headquarters are in Tucson, Arizona.
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