Careers

Words of experience

posted on September 1, 2005 - 4:02pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 5
Plenty of people believe their lives are captivating enough to be page turners, but transforming their impressions into book material can be a harrowing tale. Although the prospect can be challenging, some people with neuromuscular diseases have pushed their experiences into publication. Writers who understand the stages of the process and the potential rewards have an advantage.

MDA National Personal Achievement Award recipient credits success to ‘doing whatever is humanly possible'

posted on November 1, 2004 - 11:26am
“I’m an advocate every day of my life,” said Michael J. Wasser of Brooklyn, N.Y., a tax and real estate attorney with the New York City Law Department Office of the Corporation Counsel in the Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division. “With every property I close on, every meeting I attend, every court I appear in, my achievements and abilities as an attorney illustrate that persons with...

MDA's National Personal Achievement Award recipient spreads inspiration, motivation wherever he goes

posted on November 1, 2003 - 1:02pm
Have even a brief conversation with Nicholas A. Johnson and you're likely to come away feeling motivated, upbeat and even inspired. Nick Johnson, on the job, at BR+A Consulting And that's just the way he wants it.

Teacher receives MDA National Personal Achievement Award

posted on October 1, 2002 - 4:16pm
Amy Dunaway-Haney does not "persevere in the face of overwhelming odds." She is not "making the best of herself in spite of being dealt a lousy hand."

‘The wheelchair comics are coming,’ warns Michael O’Connell (Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy), who loves to leave ’em laughing

posted on May 28, 2010 - 2:54pm
 What started out as an item on O'Connell's bucket list is now an almost nightly occurance: performing comedy on stage. “So this woman comes up and tries to give me a dollar. I wanted to say, ‘Hey! Just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I’m homeless!’”

Ralph Braun, who has spinal muscular atrophy, turned his scooter and modified van designs into a multimillion-dollar business

posted on June 14, 2011 - 2:30pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
Update (Feb. 12, 2013): Ralph Braun died peacefully at his home in Winamac, Ind., on Feb. 8, 2013, with his family at his side. He was 72 years old. Ralph Braun clearly remembers the day he learned he had “muscular dystrophy.”  The experience taught him a lesson that shaped who he is and helped drive him to achieve great success.

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.

Inspired by the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard, a musician with FSHD figured out a way to return to drumming

posted on July 1, 2012 - 12:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
John DeGeorge, 50, of Los Angeles, works as an IT (information technology) compliance consultant to make a living, but he lives to play the drums. “I think I was born with an interest in making music, or making noise,” he says. Being the son of a former drummer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, such a passion for music must be in the genes.

Growing up, Morrow, who has spinal muscular atrophy, had to fight to get people to listen to him; now they pay thousands of dollars for the privilege

posted on October 3, 2013 - 9:27am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 4
Self-confessed workaholic Jon Morrow is an entrepreneur and the CEO of BoostBlogTraffic.com — a company that grossed nearly half a million dollars last year and is expected to double that amount this year. Thirty-year-old Morrow has always been a smart overachiever, graduating from high school at 16, starting three businesses before he was 18 (two game-development companies and a software company...

When the recession brought an end to his 25-year journalism career, Peter Callas Jr. remembered his parents’ message: Never give up

posted on April 15, 2010 - 12:35pm
Peter Callas Jr. remembers as if it were yesterday the day his father gave him “the F.D.R. talk.” It was 1973, and Peter Jr., then 13 years old, had just been diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).