About Muscular Dystrophy Canada
The Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) is a non-profit voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating neuromuscular disorders and alleviating the associated symptoms. Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases affecting the body’s ability to move, due to an underlying neurological disease. Whether the problem originates within the motor nerve cell, the nerve, or the muscle, the most commonly experienced symptoms are varying degrees of progressive muscle weakness and wasting. There are over 40 nerve and muscle disorders covered under the umbrella of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada. The association’s three main goals are funding research that will ultimately result in discovering the causes, treatments, and cures for muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders; providing support services that assist individuals and families affected by neuromuscular disorders; and providing information to affected individuals, their families, healthcare professionals, educators, and the general public as to the nature and management of neuromuscular disorders. Services provided by MDAC include the dissemination of information, advocacy, referrals, travel assistance, and some financial assistance with mobility equipment. MDAC also houses donated equipment for use by clients upon request.