MDA Art Collection masterpieces cover land and sea
This year, the MDA Art Collection celebrates 20 years of focusing attention on the creative abilities and accomplishments of children and adults with neuromuscular diseases. During that time, MDA has organized and/or sponsored more than 40 children’s art workshops in conjunction with fine arts museums and galleries nationwide.
Featured in this article: Billy Gilman and Abbey Umali perform ** Special sunglasses for Augie's Quest ** ADA Act amended ** Abbey Umali serves second term as NGA ** Bill Gilman named MDA Celebrity Ambassador ** Luke Christie, former NGA, keeps busy ** MDA Art Collection exhibit ** Major League Baseball & 4♦ALS Awareness team ** Ace Young back on Idol TV.
2009 ushers in role changes for MDA's Dynamic Duo
Upon first seeing Billy Gilman and Luke Christie together, it’s impossible not to notice their special brand of camaraderie.
They ham it up, casting one-liners off each others’ remarks, their rapport and comedic timing guaranteed to get a laugh. Through their work for MDA, they’ve formed a bond of friendship, and more. In so many ways, they both enthuse, they’re like brothers.
Abbey Umali and her family have been familiar presences on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for the past two years. Now this winsome and charismatic 8-year-old from California steps further into the spotlight as MDA’s 2008 National Goodwill Ambassador.
Anyone who watched Abbey during her live interviews on the Telethon isn’t apt to forget her, any more than they’re apt to forget angels of...
Former National Goodwill Ambassador receives MDA's top award
As a 6-year-old in the first grade, Mike Neufeldt used an orange Pony scooter to keep up with classmates on the playground and in gym class. After attending an MDA Harley-Davidson event, where one of the drivers gave him some decals, Neufeldt proudly plastered the company’s bar and shield on the back of his ride, and when kids inevitably asked if Harley-Davidson had made his scooter, Neufeldt...
Luke Christie once again takes the reins as MDA National Goodwill Ambassador
Wow! What a year for Luke Christie of Due West, S.C.! Since his nationwide introduction on the 2005 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, Luke, 13, has captured the hearts of millions of Americans while serving as MDA's National Goodwill Ambassador.