Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

Hey! I'm Here Too!

It's not easy when your brother has muscular dystrophy. His illness might bring up thoughts and feelings that upset you. There may be questions you don't know the answers to. You might be shy about asking those questions and about asking for help because your brother needs so much attention.

This brochure was written especially for you. It will help you let people know, "Hey! I'm here, too!"

Last Updated: 
Fri, 04/02/1999 - 09:00

Andrew Cameron

Location

Austin, TX

Andrew’s artwork was the first piece selected for inclusion in the MDA Art Collection and exhibited at the Association’s national headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. He created the collage in a school art class in 1991. Andrew’s hobbies include digital graphics, photography and custom cars.

Full name: 
Andrew Cameron
Artist: 
Andrew Cameron
Disease: 
Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA)
Medium: 
Construction Paper Collage

Daniel Padilla

Location

Houston, TX

Daniel created this artwork at age 14 at an MDA-sponsored bilingual seminar in Houston.

Full name: 
Daniel Padilla
Artist: 
Daniel Padilla
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Jim Henry

Location

Antioch, TN

Jim received numerous awards for his artwork, including the Mayor’s Artist of the Year award in 1988. His work has been displayed in several galleries throughout Tennessee.

Full name: 
Jim Henry
Artist: 
Jim Henry
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Shane Bourque

Location

Hope Valley, RI

Shane created this artwork for a school project at age 7. He painted with acrylics on the reverse side of acetate paper. Shane served as the 2004 and 2005 MDA Rhode Island State Goodwill Ambassador.

Full name: 
Shane Bourque
Artist: 
Shane Bourque
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Dean Waltenburg

Location

Marshall, MN

Dean graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall. His paintings have been seen in numerous galleries and exhibits as well as the governor’s residence. Dean used both thick and thin paint to create contrast in his works.

Full name: 
Dean Waltenburg
Artist: 
Dean Waltenburg
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Nick Biddlingmeier

Location

Rochester, MI

Nick created this artwork at age 9 in an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held at the Detroit Institute of Art. He served two terms as MDA’s Michigan State Goodwill Ambassador.

Full name: 
Nick Biddlingmeier
Artist: 
Nick Biddlingmeier
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Canvas Print

Mario Damiani

Location

Rockville, MD

Mario has enjoyed photography for many years. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and works as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Labor. This photograph was taken with a Nikon APS camera while Mario was on a trip to Germany in 2000. It’s a photo of the Heilig-Geist- Spital (Hospital of the Holy Spirit) in Nuremberg.

Full name: 
Mario Damiani
Artist: 
Mario Damiani
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Photograph

Tommy Roberts

Location

Baltimore, MD

Tommy began creating art in childhood. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. Tommy’s work has been exhibited at jazz festivals, museums and galleries throughout the country. His subjects range from the beauty and grace of ballerinas to the speed and power of horse racing. Tommy’s work also captures the essence of some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.

Full name: 
Tommy Roberts
Artist: 
Tommy Roberts
Disease: 
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Mark Sias

Location

Tucson, AZ

Mark created this self-portrait at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held at the Tucson Museum of Art. He graduated from Sabino High School. Mark’s interests include photography and classic cars.

Full name: 
Mark Sias
Artist: 
Mark Sias
Disease: 
Becker Myotonia Congenita
Medium: 
Pen & Ink

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