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Annual Holiday Party | December 3rd

Knights of Columbus:  2100 E. 71st St Indianapolis | 12:30-3:30

REGISTER HERE by Nov. 15th!

The Holiday Party has been reshaped and improved to include activities for teens, adults and some special things planned for our heroic caregivers.  Don’t worry, there are still plenty of kids activities and a visit from Santa!  You won’t want to miss this party!!

  • BBQ lunch at 12:30
  • Santa visits early this year
  • Poker, blackjack, a festive attire contest and a trivia game for teens and adults, all of which come with great prizes!


  • 2 Handicap accessible tickets to a Colts Game
  • 3 day wheelchair-accessible van rental (Superior Van & Mobility)
  • Swedish Massage Valued at $95
  • Walmart Gift Certificate $100
  • Many other great gifts and prizes!!

For over 67 years, the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) has partnered with MDFF in hosting the annual Holiday Party for MD families.   With the help of 44 IFD Stations, Battalion Chief Dudley Taylor coordinates the purchase of gifts for every MD patient who attends the party.

The IFD believes in giving back to the community it serves 24/7. “Our family serving your family” is not just a motto but a 150 year core value that extends beyond the firehouse. We are thankful for the opportunity to bring smiles to those in need and not just in times of crisis.

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Apply for Holiday Help by Nov. 20th

We recognize the significant costs associated with having an MD family member. The limitations on work for parents or caregivers often leave many MD families financially strapped. If you find yourself in this situation, we will be seeking help for you!

A group, family or other organization will have the opportunity to get a list from you on things your family needs. The general guidelines would be food for a holiday meal, and a gift for each family member.

Please note, there is no guarantee that we will be able to identify enough donors to ensure every family can be helped. This is a pilot program and we will prioritize based on information provided and financial situation. Our hope is that everyone that needs help will receive it!

APPLY HERE by Nov. 20th!

Win a Family Vacation Give Away | Pigeon Forge, Tennessee | Applications Due Nov. 15th!

Is a family vacation just not within your budget?

Andrew Seever served on our board for 3 years, and lived nearly 28 years with Muscular Dystrophy.  His family was blessed to have the means to take a family vacation each year, and it was something Andrew loved.  In memory of Andrew and his passing this year, we are giving away a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

The trip will include a rental for a wheelchair accessible van,  hotel and funds to cover food.  Total costs not to exceed $1750.  We know traveling with a handicapped family member requires much planning and research on accommodations and activities.  We will provide you with an MDFF family member to help you with your trip planning and making arrangements that fit your families needs!

APPLY HERE by November 15th!

MDFF Directory Registration

In an effort to help MD families connect with other MD patients and caregivers living with the same disease and/or living in the same geographic area, we are planning on publishing an MDFF Directory.  You may opt in to be included in the directory and choose how much information you want to share!

Our goal is to have it ready to distribute at the Holiday Party on Dec. 3rd.

Register HERE by Nov. 20th!

2017 Bowling Extravaganza

We had over 130 people come out to bowl, host and celebrate at the 2017 Bowling Extravaganza!  Thank you to every that came out and/or donated to support the mission of MDFF and help improve the quality life of families living with the daily struggles of Muscular Dystrophy.  
It was a special day handing over the keys of a wheelchair-accessible van to the Debow-Miller family in our 2nd year of our Van-A-Year for 5 Years Program!    
If you are interested in helping us get a jump start on raising funds for the 2018 van, consider one of the following:
  1. Make a donation to Van-A-Year here.
  2. Be a corporate sponsor!  To find out more about publicity and exposure for corporate donors, email!


Thank you to all our 2017 Corporate Sponsors:

We are grateful for our partnership with the 2017 Corporate Sponsors.  These companies support the vision and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation and have provided generous financial support that enable us to continue to help improve the quality of life of families living with Muscular Dystrophy.  Thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors!

Tendercare Home Health Services, the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Bowling Extravaganza, provides personalized in-home care delivered by experienced, competent, and supportive nursing professionals, skilled therapists, and caring home health aides. They provide only the best in pediatric and adult home care, ensuring that every person is treated with the utmost respect so that they can live the best life possible.

Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski, LLC (DOZ) was established in 1987 to provide accounting and auditing, tax and consulting services to investors, sponsors, owners, developers and manager of affordable housing communities and related entities.  In addition, DOZ frequently works with not-for-profit entities engaged in various community development endeavors.  The Foundation seeks out the needs of community with the help of DOZ employees.  Their mission is to GIVE BACK and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration through consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit to clients via our network of more than 70 offices in over 20 countries.

Our mission is “The right chair and the best care.”  We build the right chairs for people with severe physical challenges. To get it right, we must continually adhere to a spider web of ever-changing state and federal laws, as well as insurance regulations. Thanks to our talented hardworking team of people, we’re able to accomplish our mission—one wheelchair at a time.  AccessNSM, a division of National Seating and Mobility, has a full line of accessibility products.  We keep you moving through daily life by helping you bathe, cook, climb stairs, open doors and get in and out of vehicles. We believe you deserve full access to your home, and everywhere else for that matter.

Our Foundation Sponsors are companies that support efforts to improve the lives in the communities they serve, especially of those that have significant unmet basic needs like the Muscular Dystrophy Community.   Support our Corporate Sponsors, as they support our MD Families!

Walking For Dreams | May 20, 2018 @ 2pm

Thank you to the 2017 Walkers who came out and walked with us and all the donors who gave to help MD families!

The 2018 walk is May 20th!  Bring your family and even your pet and join us at Walking for Dreams 5K Family and Pet Walk and raise funds for families with Muscular Dystrophy!  The walk starts and ends at the Canal at Buggs Temple.

You can Register as an individual, a family or even start a team and select Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation when you register! This is a great opportunity for a group of kids, teens or adults to engage in a healthy activity by walking for those who have suffered the rare disease of MD and have to live with declining mobility.  Something we all take for granted.

NCAA Tourney Bracket Contest

NCAA Basketball Bracket Winner & Big Thanks!

Nancy Polley picked the Tar Heels to win the NCAA tournament and won the bracket with 126pts to bring home the Golden Ball Trophy! She barely beat out Amy Ring who came in a close second with 124 pts.

Thank you to everyone who entered a bracket and most importantly made a donation that will go to help MD families improve independence and mobility in their daily lives!

 2017 Winner Nancy Polley accepting the Golden Ball Trophy!