MDA’s 2011 Personal Achievement Award recipient for Montana has Dejerine-Sottas disease, helps others with disabilities
When talking with Leanne Beers of Missoula, Mont., you can’t help thinking that this is one upbeat, optimistic woman.
“Even though you have muscular dystrophy, or any limitation for that matter,” she says, “it doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish the goals you want. You just may have to go about it differently. There’s no reason you can’t be happy and thrive on life.”
Caring and dedicated amateur chef receives top honor posthumously
Wherever he went, Scott Crane spread joy.
At the Corner Bakery Café where he worked, he was known for being helpful and kind. When he volunteered for MDA and other organizations, he was always upbeat and enthusiastic. Even during long hospital stays due to respiratory issues, he remained cheerful and positive.
“Spread smiles to everybody everywhere each and every day,” was one of his mantras.
Painting and teaching motivate MDA’s 2011 Personal Achievement Award recipient for Tennessee, who has dermatomyositis
Jason Peck’s memory of his childhood has some missing images: running, jumping, swinging, and sliding into home.
Although Peck, who received a dermatomyositis diagnosis at age 4, missed out on playing ball in the backyard with his buddies, he discovered early on that he had a talent his speedy friends didn’t — the ability to draw rather well. And he’s never looked back.
MDA's Personal Achievement Award recipient for New York City is thriving in the Big Apple
Tabitha Estrellado is living her dream. She’s a 27-year-old career woman with a nice apartment in Manhattan. She loves her job, has a sweet commute, and writes music and performs locally in her spare time.
Featured in this issue: Howell receives award ** flu shots ** Jerry Lewis named top celebrity ** Personal Achievement Awards ** Wings Over Wall Street ** Tradition of Hope Gala ** Nieto publishes book ** Holiday donations to MDA ** New annual report