Brenda Austin, 62
Brenda Austin is affected by dermatomyositis (DM), a neuromuscular disease that causes weakness of shoulder and limb muscles. A retired elementary school teacher, Austin is ambulatory with the aid of a walker; occasionally she uses a manual wheelchair. Shortly after receiving her diagnosis in 2006, Austin registered with MDA and became involved with various activities. She joined an MDA support group, helping it to become a top fundraising team. Recently, she created Adopt a Station, where each member of the support group adopted his or her local fire stations, helping the fire fighters put on their annual MDA Fill the Boot fundraisers.