Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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

Chad Cahill

Location

Ft. Wayne, IN

Chad created this artwork at age 10 at an MDA-sponsored art workshop, and it was featured in the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection. He enjoys computer graphics and engineering classes, and hopes to major in aerospace engineering in college.

Full name: 
Chad Cahill
Artist: 
Chad Cahill
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Tempra

Nathan Estes

Location

Greentown, IN

Nathan created this work at age 9 at an MDA-sponsored children’s summer camp. He graduated from Eastern High School with honors and received the American Legion Citizen Award. As a student, Nathan enjoyed science, band, musicals and drama club, and he received numerous blue ribbons and honor awards for his artwork locally and at 4-H exhibits.

Full name: 
Nathan Estes
Artist: 
Nathan Estes
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Felt Marker

Jordan Sovereign

Location

Bloomington, IL
Full name: 
Jordan Sovereign

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