Leaving a gift in your will or making a gift to Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a wonderful way to continue supporting persons affected by neuromuscular disorders.

Your gift will ensure daily life is as full and rich as possible for persons impacted, their families and caregivers by funding ground-breaking research for new treatments, medical advances, and clinical trials; advocating for enhanced accessibility-minded public policy; and, providing access to essential equipment, emotional and peer support, information and education.

MDC's legal charitable name is:
Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The charitable registration number is:

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
40 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 500
Toronto, ON M4P 3A2

Ways you can give

Gifts in your will


Gifts of securities


Other ways to give


Shirley Emma Totten (June 21, 1936 - October 7, 2016) was a remarkable woman with many accomplishments. As a young woman in the early 1950s, she was in the Air Force (pictured). She also had the unique experience of working with some of the earliest computers, when they were so large they filled an entire room. For most of her life, Shirley was a dedicated librarian with a love of reading and books.

Shirley was always a very private woman but she was deeply impacted by her family’s history with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Her older brother, Orrie, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and passed away when he was only 17 years old. Her sister, Eva, had 13 children and 2 of her sons were diagnosed with DMD, who sadly also passed away in their teens. One of Eva’s daughters, June, also had two sons with DMD, who passed away at 16 years old and 20 years old, respectively. These personal experiences drove Shirley to make a truly remarkable gift to MDC.

Something her family didn’t know about her was that Shirley was also an avid investor and planned in her will to leave a meaningful gift to MDC. She also had hundreds of books and proceeds from the sale of these books were to be donated to MDC, as well. Shirley has left a lasting legacy that will not only be lovingly remembered by her family and friends but she will also be remembered by the impact she has made in the neuromuscular community, through her truly generous gift left in her will to MDC.

Simple words cannot express how thankful my family is for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, and how they have impacted our son's life. Our son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has progressed to the point where he was unable to use his manual wheelchair any longer. He would get fatigued easily and needed to be converted to a fully powered chair. The mounting costs of changes needed to accommodate his condition had us looking for financial help to assist with covering the cost of his new chair. Muscular Dystrophy Canada stepped up in a big way, and helped our family fund his chair. He couldn't be happier about his new-found independence. He loves to go out with his siblings cruising in his new chair. It also enables him to have more freedom at school, and as a parent we couldn't be happier that this change was possible with the funding from wonderful organizations such as yours. Thank you so much for the continued support.
~ Family impacted by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Contact Us

To discuss making a donation or leaving a gift in your will to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, please contact Patricia MacArthur at 800-567-2873, X4107 or patricia.macarthur@muscle.ca

We would be happy to discuss ways to make a lasting impact. We would like to thank you for your gift and continuing your legacy with a commitment to improving the lives persons affected by neuromuscular disorders.

Please consult your advisor about making or leaving a gift to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Thank you!