PAA recipient

MDA’s 2011 Personal Achievement Award recipient for Montana has Dejerine-Sottas disease, helps others with disabilities

posted on October 3, 2011 - 3:53pm
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

posted on October 1, 2011 - 3:34pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
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

posted on September 16, 2011 - 12:33pm
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

posted on September 8, 2011 - 8:57am
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.

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.