John Sturman, 44
Spinal muscular atrophy
Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at age 5, John Sturman has been in a power chair for most of his life. As a child, Sturman served as a local MDA goodwill ambassador in the days when they were still called "poster children." He has many fond memories of attending MDA summer camp, where he developed a lifelong love of fishing. Sturman remains active with MDA, and also enjoys online games and teaching others about computers.