The Muscular Dystrophy Association is one of the nation’s largest voluntary health agencies, devoted to finding treatments and cures for 43 different neuromuscular diseases. MDA is nationally recognized as one of the best-managed nonprofits and was the first nonprofit to receive the American Medical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.”
Locally, MDA’s mission is to provide healthcare services and support to over 2,400 individuals locally. The Greater Arizona Chapter of MDA funds clinics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, numerous support groups, major research grants, diagnostic examinations, therapeutic consultations, and summer camp. MDA’s summer camp is perhaps the hallmark program supported by our year-round fundraising efforts. Each year, children with muscle disease gather at the Whispering Hope Ranch in Payson, Arizona for a week of fun and memories. Summer camp offers MDA’s clients an opportunity to forget about their challenges and focus on having a great time with other children just like them.
Children create a lifetime of memories while playing wheelchair soccer, horseback riding, doing arts and crafts, putting on a talent show, playing instruments, and participating in many other outdoor activities. MDA Summer Camp is truly a magical experience for MDA’s clients and volunteers. Camp is an experience that changes the lives of children living with muscle disease.