A Gift of Hope for the Future
In everything that each of us does in our lifetime, there is the opportunity for us to Make a Difference in the lives of others. A bequest is a way we can continue to make a real and lasting difference well into the future. MD and NMDs affect 1 in every 625 within our community. The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides support and hope to the many people and families in our community that are affected by these disorders. By choosing to make a bequest to the MDA, you can play a part in helping us to provide this Hope to the NMD community in the years to come.
How your Bequest can help
Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and approximately 60 separate Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD) affect 1 in every 625 Australians, or more than 30,000 children and adults. They all have in common the progressive and irreversible wasting of muscle. The primary goal of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is to provide support and hope for those individuals and families affected by these debilitating and sometimes fatal disorders, by providing vital information, resources, respite and recreation programs, and sponsoring scientific research into a timely solution for MD and NMD. Your bequest or “Gift of Life” will help the MDA in the way that you specify. For example, your wish may be to assist the MDA in the provision of its support programs… Camp MDA could be specified. Alternately your wish may be to influence the outcome of Research. Then your clear direction to the MDA would be to utilise your Bequest through the MDA’s Research Foundation.
Education – Information Services
Having the right information is vital to understanding and coping with life with a neuromuscular disorder. The MDA provides relevant, timely information and resources to the NMD community. Our website is widely recognised as the most comprehensive source of MD and NMD specific information internationally. The information on various disorders is available in 18 different languages as well.
A better quality of life for those affected by Muscular Dystrophy
An important component of The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s work is to enable Quality of Life Programs, which provide respite opportunities for carers, and recreation and development opportunities for those with MD. Some of our programs include CampMDA, Operation MD ShortBreak, Support Group Meetings and Futures for Young Adults.
A timely solution for NMDs
A future without neuromuscular disorders may seem like a distant dream, but with each advancement in research into NMD’s, no matter how small, we are a step closer to realizing that dream and finding a solution to these devastating disorders. The MDA is committed to facilitating research into finding a timely solution for MD and other NMDs. Our sponsorship and support of the research conducted at the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre is our way of helping to achieve this.
How can I make a Bequest to the MDA?
A bequest is an instruction in your will to gift a portion of your estate to a person or institution of your choice. To make a bequest to the MDA you will need to include a clause in your will specifying your intention to gift to the MDA. Click here to view the preferred wording for a bequest to the MDA or its Research Foundation be included in your will. We strongly encourage you to seek professional advice when including a bequest in your will, so that you may fully understand the legal and tax implications and benefits that apply.
Let us know – We would like to “Thank You”
The MDA relies heavily on the generosity of people and organizations who care enough to donate their time and money to help us support the MD community. Every contribution to our cause is greatly appreciated. The gift of a bequest is a lasting contribution that will benefit this and future generations and we would love to be able to thank you for your gift. If you do choose to make a bequest to the MDA in your will, please let us know so that we may thank you in your lifetime. Follow the link below to a secure form located at MDA-Online.org and specify that you wish to register for confidential information on how to make a Bequest dedicated to MDA’s Support Services or Research into Muscular Dystrophy.