QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4

October 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Cover Story

Bill Beall and Gail Ableman, who each have Friedreich's ataxia, live independently thanks to 'the kind of love that can overcome challenges'

Sharing a life together in Spokane, Wash., Bill Beall Jr. and Gail Ableman — who each use power wheelchairs due to Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) — spend much of their time working out to maintain their independence.

MDA’s Quest magazine and a love of exercise brought them together — and their love of each other makes possible their continued independence.


Quest shares lessons from parents who have successfully helped their children with muscle diseases grow into self-reliant adults
Lock-Ups generate good fun while raising awareness, funds for research and services
Caring and dedicated amateur chef receives top honor posthumously
The story you're about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the guilty
New, shorter format attracts top acts, viewers and donations
The search for therapies and cures must be accompanied by the cultivation of the best and brightest researchers


In Focus

Research Updates

Quest Extra

The Desktop Desk helped a California student with DMD finish school despite diminished hand and arm strength
A psychologist who ran MDA parent support groups offers guidance on ways to handle misbehavior
Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs