Practicing Medicine Providing Care Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camps

Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camps

Answering the call

Volunteer to serve as an MDA summer camp physician or counselor

Help children with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders experience the joys of summer camp.

In partnership with the AOA, the American Osteopathic Foundation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the osteopathic medical profession has a unique opportunity to deliver osteopathic care to children with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders.

Medical students, resident physicians, and physicians are needed to serve as medical staff or volunteer counselors during one-week MDA camps held across the U.S. between May and August. Each location serves 40-100 campers between the ages of 6 and 17 who have been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Once you’ve applied, your information will be distributed to the MDA to begin the more formal application process, which includes a request for references, interview, and background check.

“If you’re wondering what you can expect as a volunteer, just seeing the smiles on the campers’ faces shows what a life-changing opportunity this is,” says Dominic King, DO, who’s visited the Strongsville, Ohio camp. “Volunteering allows DOs and students to care for others outside of a clinical setting and provides a humbling look into the lives of these amazing children, who don’t allow these diseases to control their lives.”

For more information on camp sites and dates, contact Gloria Dillard at or (312) 202-8006.

A Week at the MDA's Camp Cheerful

DOs, medical students and campers with muscular dystrophy share the highlights of their time spent at Camp Cheerful, a Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp in Ohio.

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