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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David began painting as a teenager. He was self-employed as an entertainment booking agent for local fairs and festivals. David also was active with MDA fundraisers and the local broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for many years. He was the recipient of MDA’s 1992 Personal Achievement Award for Michigan.
Tammie created this artwork at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held May 15, 1993, at the Detroit Institute of Art. Her service dog, Ty, accompanies her to classes at Schoolcraft College where she’s studying psychology.