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 http://www.mda.org.