The MDA and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

A senior executive, George Argyros, Jr., founded the Elite Financial Group, LLC, a private holding company that offers a variety of insurance products and services. Alongside his career, George Argyros, Jr., donates to organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) provides a variety of services for those with neuromuscular diseases and their families. Through caregivers, summer camps, and other programs, as well as emergency resources, the MDA helps bring hope to families devastated by a diagnosis of these diseases, including the nine types of muscular dystrophy, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) often learn to walk late and have large calves. Parents may begin to notice muscle weakness around age 3. This weakness starts in the shoulders and pelvic area and then affects muscles in the trunk and limbs. Sometime after the age of 7, children with DMD may require a wheelchair, although only for long distances at first. As the disease progresses, it affects the heart and respiratory muscles.

The MDA heads research efforts to find a cure for DMD and other types of neuromuscular diseases. For more information about its work or how to receive support for a child with such a disease, visit


Operation Smile Has Presence in More Than 60 Countries

Since 2003, George Argyros Jr. has served as president of Elite Financial Group, LLC, a private provider of financial and insurance products. George Argyros Jr. shares his success with others by making contributions to many causes, including Operation Smile. A charity focused on ensuring children around the globe receive safe surgery to repair cleft palates and cleft lips, Operation Smile has been in existence since 1982.

Founded by plastic surgeon Dr. William Magee Jr. and his wife, Operation Smile today has a presence in more than 60 countries, with a network of medical volunteers from 80 countries. Every year, the organization conducts hundreds of missions to countries around the globe. Because medical infrastructure varies in different parts of the world, Operation Smile assesses conditions in each country to understand the best approaches to assist as many children as possible. In every country, the team collaborates with local health professionals to deliver quality care in native languages to child patients.

To support patients’ need for ongoing care, Operation Smile also has developed centers for patients who need longer-term assistance or more complex treatments.