What is and MDA Hop-A-Thon

The MDA Hop-a-Thon is a disability awareness, acceptance and education program that teaches children three core values of Awareness, Acceptance and Assistance.

Find out more about the MDA five-day curriculum on how to organize an MDA disability awareness program and Hop-a-Thon at your school.

To learn more about the MDA Hop-a-Thon disability awareness program, contact your local MDA office or e-mail us at mdahops@mdausa.org

Counting What Counts


Families are at the heart of MDA's mission. We wake up every morning to create more hope and answers for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility. We do this by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for kids and adults from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

MDA is using the money we raise to accomplish the following goals by 2020:

  • CURE: Double our research investment on drug development and clinical trials to bring more treatments and cures to families.
  • CARE: Provide care and support for 50,000 more families — a 50 percent increase over the number of families registered with MDA today.
  • CHAMPION: Fund 20,000 kids at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to families as we expand our offerings for young adults.

In 2016, MDA:

  • Funded about 150 research projects around the world
  • Awarded nearly 70 MDA research grants in 2016 with a total funding commitment of more than $16 million
  • Provided care and support to more than 100,000 individuals
  • Offered best-in-class, comprehensive care at more than 150 MDA Care Centers
  • Coordinated nearly 50,000 visits at MDA Care Centers
  • Provided about 3,800 kids the experience of MDA Summer Camp at no charge to their families