Vote Abbey for Gap Kid!

MDA's National Goodwill Ambassador, who has CMT, needs votes in Gap's online contest

by Quest Staff on October 29, 2009 - 9:00pm

Abbey Umali needs your vote.

The vivacious 10-year-old, who is MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, is competing for the chance to add another title to her resume: Gap Kid.

Popular international retailer Gap has launched a nationwide search for the next faces for GapKids, its kids’ clothing line. Abbey, who has a form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, is in the running and could use your help to win "fan favorite."

The Umalis
Abbey with her parents, Wendi and Joel, in 2007

Voting runs through Nov. 17. To vote for Abbey, see details below.

How can you help? Rock the vote!

Visit and enter Abbey's ID number, 54938491. You can vote once a day, every day, from now through Nov. 17. (Registration is required the first time you vote; the registration process makes it seem as if you’re entering the contest, but you’re not. You will receive an e-mail from to confirm your e-mail address after you register, make sure you confirm your e-mail address in order to be able to log in again.)

The girl at a glance

The only child of Joel and Wendi Umali of Redlands, Calif., Abbey has nearly finished her second term as MDA National Goodwill Ambassador and recently agreed to represent the Association for a third year in 2010. She and her parents travel the country attending MDA fundraisers, sponsor gatherings and other events to spread the word about MDA and its mission.

Abbey has congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy, a form of CMT characterized by lack of coordination and balance, along with muscle weakness. She walks with the aid of leg braces.

Active and outgoing, Abbey loves to dance, swim, ride her bike, play the piano, act in plays, read, and visit the library and bookstores. She also likes to play games, especially cards and Rubik's Cube. Her favorite activities include traveling and cuddling with her family. A fifth-grader, she's especially fond of reading, math, geography and recess.

Oh, and by the way — she can sing!

The Fan Favorite winner will be announced Nov. 19.

Additionally, on Dec. 7, Gap will announce the 20 finalists for this year's Gap Casting Call, five in each of four categories: baby boys, baby girls, boys ages 5-10 and girls ages 5-10. America will vote to decide the four contest winners (one from each category). The new "faces" of Gap will be featured in Gap store windows nationwide in February 2010.

Start voting today, and help the girl who's done so much for MDA!

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