Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

(ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • MDA is the only nonprofit health agency in the world dedicated to fighting ALS and more than 40 other neuromuscular diseases with comprehensive research, health care services, advocacy and education programs.
  • Since its inception, MDA has dedicated almost $325 million to ALS research and health care services.
  • We currently support nearly 50 ALS research projects worldwide with a total commitment of $15 million.
  • In 2013, MDA committed more than $7.8 million to services designed to help relieve the day-to-day challenges faced by our ALS families.
  • Through our advocacy efforts and community events, we actively influence public policy and therapy development, as with our recent first-of-its-kind, national comprehensive cost-of-illness study.

A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) does not mean an end to your hopes and dreams. Changes, challenges and adaptations lay ahead, but also opportunity, fulfillment, joy and hope for a future free of this devastating disease.

Make MDA your go-to ALS resource. Learn about the search for treatments and therapies through MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Online. Find support groups and online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter; a personal support network through the care coordination tool myMuscleTeam; and connections to community and educational resources.

As you learn more about ALS, always remember that you’re not alone. MDA is here for you and your family, standing ready to provide help and hope. There is a place for you in the MDA ALS community.