Leanne Beers, 37
Leanne Beers has Dejerine-Sottas disease (DS), which causes muscle weakness and atrophy in the lower legs, forearms, feet and hands, as well as reduced muscle tone and loss of sensation in the extremities. She uses a power wheelchair for mobility. Beers — who in 2007 earned a master's degree in public relations in health communications from Montana State University in Billings — has two children, one of whom also has DS. Beers is an independent consultant who, among other things, facilitates support groups for people with brain injuries and assists individuals in accessing state and federal assistance programs. In addition, she is a service dog trainer and board member for Karosel Service Dogs (she has two service dogs herself), and educates the community about laws regarding service animals. Beers serves on the board of directors of Summit for Independent Living, and volunteers with the North America Riding for the Handicap Association. She is very active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, participating in fundraising and public relations activities, and offering support for individuals and families.