Renee Houston, 53
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
Affected by limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) since she was 12, Renee Houston has been an elementary school teacher in the Jefferson County school system for more than 30 years, and is a multiple nominee to Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is active in MDA fundraising and awareness events, and began volunteering her time for the American Cancer Society after one of her students was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a few years ago. LGMD causes weakness in voluntary muscles, mainly those of the shoulders, arms, hips and legs. Renee uses a power chair for mobility.