Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Jared T. Smith

Location

Berkley, MI

Jared created this artwork at age 12 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held at the Detroit Institute of Art. He received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award signed by President Clinton in June 1994.

Full name: 
Jared Smith
Artist: 
Jared T. Smith
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Kyle Brodbeck

Location

Detroit, MI

Kyle attended Edsel Ford High School. His favorite activities included swimming, learning about computers and drawing sports cars.

Full name: 
Kyle Brodbeck
Artist: 
Kyle Brodbeck
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Colored Pencil

Robert Coe

Location

N. Easton, MA

Robert has been painting for several years using a mouth brush, his wheelchair wheels and other items to create his works. He is studying art at Massasoit Community College in Canton, as well as working as an assistant teacher of performing arts at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton.

Full name: 
Robert Coe
Artist: 
Robert Coe
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Tod Staska

Tod was an avid self-taught artist who won numerous awards at local exhibits. He painted with a brush inserted into a specially designed mouthpiece. Family and friends helped by opening and changing paints.

Location

German Valley, IL
Full name: 
Tod Staska
Artist: 
Tod Staska
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Alex Calhoun

Location

Chevy Chase, MD

Alex created this mask at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held October 30, 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He served as MDA’s Goodwill Ambassador for the District of Columbia in 1989 and 1990.

Full name: 
Alex Calhoun

Jason Abramowitz

Location

Columbia, MD

Jason created this mask at age 8 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held October 30, 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He has been active in Boy Scouts and has had artwork displayed at school art exhibits.

Full name: 
Jason Abramowitz

Jeff Petrie

Location

Overland Park, KS

Jeff created this drawing at age 16 for a school project while a student at Shawnee Mission South High School. He collects hats and enjoys working on his computer. Jeff graduated from Johnson Community College with an associate’s degree in graphic design.

Full name: 
Jeff Petrie
Artist: 
Jeff Petrie
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Line Drawing

Craig Shields

Location

Cedar Rapids, IA

Craig designed logos and program covers for his local MDA chapter, high school and other community groups, and his artwork has been displayed in several local venues. He also published a book called Craig’s Travel Adventures.

Full name: 
Craig Shields
Artist: 
Craig Shields
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Colored Pencil

Chris Weeks

Location

Des Moines, IA
Full name: 
Chris Weeks
Artist: 
Chris Weeks
Disease: 
All Diseases
Medium: 
Acrylic

T.C. (Troy) Blackburn

Location

Vincennes, IN

T.C. created his artwork at age 12. He’s had other art projects on display at a local bank. T.C. enjoys computer games and working with his hands.

Full name: 
T.C. Blackburn
Artist: 
T.C. (Troy) Blackburn
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Acrylic

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