Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Sunset Dip

Luke served as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador in 2006 and 2007, and appeared with his family on the Telethon for three years.  In high school he was an honor student and a reporter for the school newspaper. Luke is majoring in communications studies at Furman University and is active in DECA and Kappa Alpha.  He is an Eagle Scout and continues to represent MDA as the National Youth Chairman.

Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

Mackenzie completed fifth grade at Spring Branch School in Houston.  One of her favorite activities was the Houston MDA Summer Camp each year, and she enjoyed drawing.  This work of art was created in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held June 6, 1992, in Houston, Texas.

Rainbow Love

Alyssa has been drawing and painting most of her life.  She attended MDA summer camp at Rainbow Camp every summer.  Alyssa has received awards in school art shows and had one piece exhibited in a local gallery.  In addition to creating artwork, Alyssa enjoys traveling and shopping.  She graduated from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in May 2012.

Portrait of Jerry Lewis

Chrystal has studied commercial and fine art, taught art classes and worked as a medical secretary.  Her hobbies include music, sewing and exploring geneology.


Mark has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, and is certified in computer programming.  His hobbies include computer design and public speaking.  Mark volunteers for MDA in the Chicago suburbs area.

Pause at Sandy Brook Pond


Ronald was a self-taught artist whose work received numerous awards in area art fairs. He artistically captured an early morning scene in Baxter State Park in northwestern Maine.  Ronald was a former member of the Maine Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.  He received the 1997 Maine MDA State Personal Achievement Award.

Parrot in a Berry Bush

Steven created this artwork at age 10 while attending the 1999 MDA summer camp at Heber, Ariz.  His favorite hobbies include drawing, swimming and riding horses.

Oh Bug Where Are You


Renée has degrees in liberal studies and early childhood education.  Her interests include reading, scrapbooking and tutoring children.  She also is training her yellow lab for a service dog.

My Fathers Tulips

Michael worked as a commercial illustrator for many years, but is now creating fine art.  Some of his works have been exhibited at local shows as well as the Jackson County (Ore.) Courthouse.  This painting is a tribute to Michael’s father who always had a garden which featured beautiful roses and tulips in vivid purples and yellows accented by the green stems.

Miss Millie

Brent specialized in portraits of animals and for several years had his own business, "Pastels by Brent."  Unfortunately, in recent years he was not able to paint due to diminished abilities.  After earning an associate’s degree in CAD Engineering, he worked as a tool designer for more than 10 years.