5 Ways to Help Fund SMA and Muscular Dystrophy Charities

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Non-profit organizations for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and muscular dystrophy are reliant on help from people to raise both funds and awareness of the diseases. The money used goes towards research for better treatments, drugs, and understanding of the diseases and to assist patients who have unique needs and may require special equipment and support.

Participate in an Event
Organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Cure SMA regularly hold fundraising events. These events are fun and participants can either pay to enter or have their friends and family sponsor them to take part.

Events include gala dinners, fun walks, golf days, full- and half-marathons, and other sporting events. If you don’t like the look of the official events, you could always host your own event with the proceeds going to your favorite MD or SMA charity.

Non-profit organizations are always looking for volunteers to offer their free time. Whether it’s to help out at a specific event or to lend an area of expertise to the running of the organization, all are welcome.

MORE: Watch an animated explanation of muscular dystrophy here. 

Become a Partner
Partnering businesses with a local charity or chapter of a non-profit helps encourage team-building and develops a sense of pride among employees.

Donate Money
If you don’t have the time to participate or organize an event to raise money for MD or SMA, you could simply donate money to your favorite non-profit organization. This can either be a one-off donation or a monthly payment plan.

Many people choose to leave an amount of money in their will to their favorite non-profit.

Become an Advocate
Advocates help non-profit organizations address Congress about important issues on disability law, treatment and research for SMA and MD.

MORE: Here are three different types of exercise that patients with slowly progressing muscular dystrophy might consider taking up.

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