Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

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Trevor Schaid

Location

Monroe, WI

Trevor created this artwork at age 16 at a 1991 art workshop at MDA’s Wonderland Camp in Camp Lake, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998 with a double major in English and psychology.

Full name: 
Trevor Schaid
Artist: 
Trevor Schaid
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Danielle Harada

Location

Federal Way, WA

Danielle won awards for her artwork in high school and is currently studying graphic design at the International Academy of Design & Technology. She has created banners for the local MDA summer camp. Along with painting, Danielle also enjoys other arts and crafts, and playing cards.

Full name: 
Danielle Harada
Artist: 
Danielle Harada
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Renee Granade

Location

Edmonds, WA

Renée is a behavioral therapist and education tutor. She has degrees in liberal studies and early childhood education. Her interests include creating greeting cards, breeding and showing Persian cats and spending time with children.

Full name: 
Renee Granade
Artist: 
Renee Granade
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Photograph

Brad Chidester

Location

Sandy, UT

Brad was an accomplished artist and received MDA’s Personal Achievement Award for Utah in 1993. He also was a graphic artist who designed logos for Murray City, Utah, and several companies.

Full name: 
Brad Chidester
Artist: 
Brad Chidester
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Kane Urban

Location

Alto, TX

Kane created this artwork at age 12 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held May 3, 1992, at the Chicago Art Institute. He earned an MBA in 2005.

Full name: 
Kane Urban
Artist: 
Kane Urban
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Elsha Stockseth

Location

South Weber, UT

Elsha created this artwork at age 15. She graduated first in her class from Northridge High School in Layton. Elsha is no longer able to paint due to weakness in her arms. Previously, she would lie on her side, using her left arm to support her right arm and hand as she painted.

Full name: 
Elsha Stockseth
Artist: 
Elsha Stockseth
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Stacey Wilson

Location

Houston, TX

Stacey has been painting since 1991 and also enjoys writing. She graduated from the University of Houston with a major in accounting and is self-employed.

Full name: 
Stacey Wilson
Artist: 
Stacey Wilson
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Gilbert Vasquez

Location

Leon Valley, TX

Gilbert created this painting at age 12 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held April 25, 1992, in San Antonio.

Full name: 
Gilbert Vasquez
Artist: 
Gilbert Vasquez
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

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