Northwest NEWS

January 31, 2000

Home & Garden

MDA offers free support group meetings

   The Muscular Dystrophy Association offers free support groups in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area for individuals and their families affected by any of 40 neuromuscular diseases, including muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, spinal muscular atrophy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

   The groups meet regularly and are designed for individuals living with muscle-wasting diseases and their families.

   Area residents and family members affected by neuromuscular diseases can also participate in information MDA-facilitated "Phone Friends" networks and take advantage of MDA's extensive online services, including its helpful "Ask the Experts" feature at www.mdausa.org. More than 200 of the world's leading physicians and scientists participate in "Ask the Experts," providing authoritative responses relating to neuromuscular diseases.

   Individuals who would like more information on attending an MDA support group are encouraged to call MDA Programs Coordinator Carole Miller at (206) 283-2106.