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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to educating and empowering age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema and glaucoma patients all across the world.

Results: We have put on numerous awareness programs nationally. Patients, caregivers, family and health care providers came away with a better understanding of their disease. They learned about preventative measures, treatments and the challenges that they face. With these programs they learned ways to adjust and over come their disease insuring that they live life to the fullest.

Target demographics: adults and seniors learn more about their eye disease

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 seniors and adults at our awareness programs nationally

Geographic areas served: Macular Degeneration Association

Programs: awareness programs nationally, newsletter, advocacy, support and website

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with macular degeneration in March. My doctor didn't have time to explain everything to me. I started to research information about macular degeneration and that only made me horrified about the information that was posted. I came across the Macular Degeneration Association's website. They have great information and articles that is posted. Low and behold i found out that they were having a free seminar in my area of Portland, OR. My wife and I attended the program- well done- doctors in the field as speakers- great information provided. I walked away knowing more about my condition and a better feeling as I had lost hope. They are a wonderful organization- they truly care.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended their program in Portland, OR on June 3rd, 2017. If you have not been to one I highly recommend that you go. The information that is presented there is wonderful, down to earth. They bring in Retina docs that are practicing and are up to date on research. I learned a lot about my disease, more than I learned at my doctors office. Thank you Dr. Rathod and Donna Auger. This was a wonderful program!!!! Keep up the great work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just attended one of their awareness programs Saving Your Sight! Excellent topics, speakers and information that was shared. They had low vision equipment there and local organizations Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. The program was well organised. Thank you so much for putting on this program. Keep up the Great work Macular Degeneration Association. What you don't learn from your doctors you learn here.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My company was at one of their programs. They run a very professional meeting. Donna Auger is the Executive Director and she always makes everyone feel like family. We had many of the participants come to our tables and they all mention how wonderful it is that this organization is bring these events to the people.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have macular degeneration. i wasn't able to find information on this disease. i happened to see an ad for a program put on by the Macular Degeneration Association and I signed up. Boy was I surprised an felt very informed after this program. They put on great programs and Dr. Hamilton was wonderful. Looking forward for their return. Thank you.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I couldn't be happier. I went to their recent program in Charleston, SC. Dr. Hamilton answered my questions and I felt that I had a better understanding of my eye condition. I am hoping that they return to this area again next year. I signed up for their newsletter and will continue to receive up to date information. Donna Auger is a gem. Thank you Macular Degeneration Association

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Macular Degeneration Association is wonderful! I was recently diagnosed with wet macular degeneration. My doctor just told me that I would need shots in my eye. I received my first injection and told to come back in 2 weeks. My doctor is extremely busy and i wasn't able to ask the questions that I had. The Macular Degeneration Association had an awareness program in my hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. I attended the program- Dr. Brown spoke and I learned a lot about my condition and was able to ask questions. Donna puts on great, professional meetings and they are free. If you can go to one, please do as you will walk away with some of the best knowledge. Thank you!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is TOP NOTCH!!! They put on great educational programs. The speakers are some of the best that we have heard. I learned more about my eye condition and came away being hopeful for the outcome.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Mother has been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. I currently follow MDA on FaceBook and when I see a post that is relevant to my Mother or other family members, I research it and often post it or share on FaceBook. The MDA website was the first place I searched when my Mother was first diagnosed and I shared many articles with my family. Also, I currently go to their website whenever there are changes to my Mom's eyesight. I researched cataract surgery for someone with AMD and their information helped me decide what the right course of action for my Mother would be. They have provided valuable information for us to understand the diagnosis, how to help my Mother handle it, and what the future holds.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer. I walked away with a better understanding of the fine work that this group does. it was my pleasure to help out. They put on exceptional awareness programs. The speakers are wonderful and the information that they provide was fantastic.