MDA Goodwill Ambassador

A big sports fan with a bigger heart, this 11-year-old is ready to speak out for MDA

posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:00pm
Bryson Foster dreams big. No, make that B-I-G. But those with big hearts usually do. "Even if you dream small, those small things can turn into big things in the end," says Bryson, with wisdom beyond his 11 years. In true sports vernacular, he adds: "Go big or go home." So, Bryson continues to dream about one day being the starting quarterback for his beloved Cincinnati Bengals, or a professional...

Concord ( N.C.) boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will spend the year making friends for MDA by 'speaking from the heart'

posted on February 16, 2012 - 6:00am
If he inspires at least one person, Bryson Foster says it all will be worth it. If he amuses or amazes, that too will bring a nice inner satisfaction. They all will be part of his role — and much, much more — as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2012 National Goodwill Ambassador.

Tom Mecke of San Antonio, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has spent five decades — and counting — following his dreams

posted on May 12, 2010 - 3:35pm
January 17 was a particularly special day for Tom Mecke. It was his 50th birthday, and he had beaten a pretty long set of odds to get there. Mecke, a San Antonio, Texas, resident all his life, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). He and his parents got the news that he has the disease when he was 6 years old. They also were told he’d probably die before he turned 20.