MDA Awareness Month
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.
They do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. It's special work powered by special people who give generously.
MDA was the first nonprofit organization to be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association ("for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity").
Learn more about Muscular Dystrophy by visiting MDA ORG
ALS Awareness Month
MDA is the world's largest nonprofit provider of
ALS attacks the nerve cells that control muscles, ultimately resulting in paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing. Average life expectancy for people with the disease is three to five years after their diagnosis.
ALS was first described in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn't until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
Read more about... Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
National Lupus Awareness Month
With nearly 300 chapters, branches and support groups in 32 states, The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation's leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. Their mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the causes and cure. Research, education, and patient services are at the heart of LFA's programs.
Read more about... Lupus Foundation of America
National Employee Health And Fitness Day
The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles. NAHF accomplishes this work by fostering and supporting Governor's and State Councils and coalitions that promote and encourages regular physical activity.
Read more about the... National Association for Health and Fitness
Skin Cancer Awareness And Prevention Day
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Read more about the... Skin Cancer Prevention
National Safe Kids Week
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The organization was founded in 1987 by Children's National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson.
Read more about... Safe Kids Worldwide
National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino. Ms. Guardino founded FFF as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences of suffering with anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
Read more about... Freedom From Fear
Mental Health America
The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
Read more about ... Mental Health America
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest and largest professional safety organization. Its more than 30,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health, and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.
Read more about the... American Society of Safety Engineers
National Nurses Week
The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.7 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
Read more about the... American Nurses Association
Brain Tumor Action Week
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They aggressively drive strategic research, advocate for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community, and provide patient information. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, with offices in San Francisco, California and Wilmington, Delaware, They host activities throughout the United States.
Read more about the... National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS)
Children's Mental Health Week
The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health serves, with humility and determination, to provide and sustain leadership for a broad and deep nation-wide network of family-run organizations. They harness the passion and honor the cultural diversity of their national membership and help focus it as a potent force for change in behalf of children with mental health needs and their families.
Read more about the... Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Food Allergy Awareness Week
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in 1991. FAAN's membership now stands at more than 26,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, representatives from government agencies, and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others.
Read more about the... Food Allergy And Anaphylaxis Network
National Mental Health Counseling Week
The mission of the American Mental Health Counsel is to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.
Read more about the... American Mental Health Counsel
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