Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards New Grants


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Muscular Dystrophy Association

An executive in the insurance industry, George Argyros, Jr., is the founder and president of Elite Financial Group, a holding company that provides turnkey life insurance premium finance programs. Outside of this role, George Argyros, Jr., has donated funds to numerous organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which has announced new research and development grants.

The MDA will distribute 29 new research and development grants as part of its Winter 2017 grant cycle. The latest grants are part of the organization’s commitment to double its spending on drug development and trials by 2020.

The new awards total more than $7 million and will help researchers study key questions related to muscular dystrophy. Award recipients include Mattia Quattrocelli, from Northwestern University’s Center for Genetic Medicine. She will study how glucocorticoids affect muscle repair and regeneration in individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Another recipient is James Novak, a postdoctoral associate at Children’s Research Institute who will study why exon-skipping drugs can effectively reach muscles undergoing repair.

To learn more about the MDA Winter 2017 grant cycle, visit


Muscular Dystrophy Association Raises Funds through Its Muscle Walk

As the founder and CEO of Newport Beach, California-based Elite Financial Group, LLC, George Argyros, Jr., oversees the daily operations of the private financial insurance company. Prior to this venture, he had established Leveraged Life, Inc., another insurance company where he functioned as the CEO. A philanthropic individual, George Argyros, Jr., aids several charitable organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

A nonprofit health organization aimed at finding treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases, the MDA also funds research and advocates for those dealing with these diseases. Moreover, it provides support to MDA families through its many branches, seven of which are in California.

Individuals can contribute to the MDA in various ways, including via the annual Muscle Walk. As the largest event of its kind, the MDA Muscle Walk allows participants to raise money that benefits the organization through support groups and state-of-the-art clinics. It also goes toward the MDA summer camp, which is a place for kids dealing with muscle disease to be with others sharing similar experiences. The 2015 MDA Muscle Walk of Los Angeles occurred on April 18 and raised more than $67,000.

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

AHA CPR/First-aid Training Information

George Argyros Jr. is president of Elite Financial Group, LLC, in Newport Beach, California. Additionally, George Argyros Jr. has contributed to many charitable organizations, particularly those focused on addressing health issues. One of the charities he supports is the American Heart Association (AHA), which seeks to fight stroke and heart disease and increase awareness of heart health.

One way the AHA helps to diminish the occurrence of heart disease and stroke is through training. The AHA provides CPR and first-aid training courses across the country, as well as online resources to help people develop at least some basic crisis preparation skills.

Interested parties can learn about hands-only CPR online. Corporations can find instructor-led courses online. These courses meet OSHA requirements and help employers provide safe work environments for their employees. Health-care providers can learn about advanced life support techniques as well as treatment guidelines for the care of children and adolescents.