Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

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

Jackie Edwards Jr.

Location

Ferndale, MI

Jackie created artwork using computer graphics for several years. He graduated from Kimball High School in Royal Oak, Mich., and had his own Web site design business.

Full name: 
Jackie Edwards Jr.
Artist: 
Jackie Edwards Jr.
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Computer Graphics

David Mosher

Location

Coloma, MI

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.

Full name: 
David Mosher
Artist: 
David Mosher
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Tammie Groth

Location

Livonia, MI

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.

Full name: 
Tammie Groth
Artist: 
Tammie Groth
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Canvas Print

Matthew Murdock

Location

Fruitland, MD

Mathew’s artwork depicts a sunset at Camp Marie in Leonardtown, Md., home of the local MDA summer camp. Mathew’s hobbies included music and writing poetry. He collaborated over the Internet with a writer from Wisconsin and together they published a work of poetry called ”The Move.”

Full name: 
Matthew Murdock
Artist: 
Matthew Murdock
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Crayon

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