At the Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 22, MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis received one of the Academy’s greatest honors — the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The award recognizes an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry. Past recipients include Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope.
Ten-year-old Morgan Fritz of St. Peters, Mo., received a spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) diagnosis when she was 15 months old. Three months later, she began a standing program, and she’s kept at it ever since.
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MDA has an Ace in celebrity supporter
Singer, Grammy-nominated songwriter and actor Ace Young has a notable repertoire of philanthropy for his 27 years. Now he’s added MDA to the list of charitable endeavors he wants to help.