Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Chrystal Bates

Location

Las Cruces, NM

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

Full name: 
Chrystal Bates
Artist: 
Chrystal Bates
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Kelsey Seeger

Location

Albuquerque, NM

Kelsey created this artwork at age 10. She had artwork displayed at the New Mexico State Fair in 1998. Kelsey served as the 1999 MDA State Goodwill Ambassador for New Mexico.

Full name: 
Kelsey Seeger
Artist: 
Kelsey Seeger
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Amanda Aucoin

Amanda created this artwork at age 13 while attending an MDA summer camp. At that time, her hobbies included swimming and music.

Location

Berlin, MA
Full name: 
Amanda Aucoin
Artist: 
Amanda Aucoin
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Sarah Schwegel

Location

Kirkwood, MO

Sarah, who served as the 2001 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador, created this artwork at age 7. Her hobbies include swimming, singing in the church youth choir and art. This artwork was featured in the 2001 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Full name: 
Sarah Schwegel
Artist: 
Sarah Schwegel
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Karen Wheeler

Location

Henderson, NV

Karen received a master’s degree in art from California State University, Fullerton, with an emphasis in illustration. She has exhibited her work in Las Vegas galleries and has collectors around the world. Karen’s favorite subjects are animals, and she hides a rose in every painting. The rose represents Karen. She selected it as an object that is easily accepted by others.

Full name: 
Karen Wheeler
Artist: 
Karen Wheeler
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Dry-Brush with Color

Blanche Cuba

Location

David City, NE

Blanche began drawing and painting as a child. This artwork received a People’s Choice award in a local juried exhibit before she donated it to the MDA Art Collection. Blanche’s hobbies include reading, needlework and music.

Full name: 
Blanche Cuba
Artist: 
Blanche Cuba
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Oil

Mandi Zeiler Ziino

Location

Columbia Fall, MT

Mandi began drawing and painting as a small child. She had artwork displayed while a student at Columbia High School. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2006, Mandi won an Award of Excellence in a contest sponsored by VSA arts and Volkswagen. She owns her own Web design business.

Full name: 
Mandi Zeiler Ziino
Artist: 
Mandi Zeiler Ziino
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Oil

Morgan Fritz

Location

St. Peters, MO

Morgan’s hobbies include riding horses, painting, reading and swimming. She, along with some help from her father, Ron, who is a fire fighter, created this artwork in 2004 to honor the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) during its 50th anniversary as an MDA sponsor. Morgan was profiled on the 2003 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. She served as the 2004 MDA Goodwill Ambassador for Missouri and the 2005 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador.

Full name: 
Morgan Fritz
Artist: 
Morgan Fritz
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Chris Veatch

Location

Columbia, MO
Full name: 
Chris Veatch

Elisabeth Preble

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Elisabeth received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. She began creating artwork as a toddler as soon as she realized paint was not something to eat! Her artwork has won awards in juried shows, and she was the winner of the 2008 Neurology Now magazine art contest. Along with creating artwork, Elisabeth enjoys reading, good tea, and she’s a comic and Renaissance Fest Fan.

Full name: 
Elisabeth Preble
Artist: 
Elisabeth Preble
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

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