Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing third-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess. She takes dance lessons, attends art class and loves spending time with her family and friends. Reagan dreams of being an artist, a dancer and a nurse.
Luke is a junior at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., majoring in communication studies. He is a mentoring fellow with Furman’s Shucker Leadership Institute and is the executive producer for Furman’s student television network, FTV-2. This is Luke's fifth year serving as the MDA National Youth Chairman.
Mattie J.T. Stepanek was internationally known as the best-selling author of five books of poetry, as a peace advocate and as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador from 2002 through 2004. Stepanek, of Rockville, Md., had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a genetic neuromuscular disease that impaired almost all of his body’s major functions, such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and digestion, and caused generalized muscle weakness. Stepanek died on June 22, 2004, in Washington, D.C., due to complications from his rare neuromuscular disease.
Jonathan O.L.H. Porter, 26, lives in Seattle, Wash. His parents are both retired military, and he is the fifth of six children. Jonathan is a member of the Seattle Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities.
MDA Awards Seattle Man its National Achievement Award — Press Release
Former National PAA Recipients — PDF