Looking back, neither one of us went to camp expecting to meet the person we’d one day marry. … I can’t imagine my life without Zach. We can’t imagine our lives without our camp family or MDA Summer Camp.
For Ava Illingsowrth there are no barriers. There are no obstacles. For her, challenges are just opportunities to defy limits. Ava is a runner with the MDA’s Team Momentum, MDA’s endurance training team that helps people train for half or full marathons while supporting kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy. Ava herself is one . . .
When I was 25, I took an unlikely job as an editor at a travel magazine. As a journalism graduate, the editing part of the job was a natural fit; as someone who’d never flown on a plane, the traveling part seemed a little daunting. I’d been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease six years prior, but . . .
For space anthropologist Keirsten Snover, living unlimited means going where no man or woman has gone before. “As far back as I can remember, I always loved science,” Keirsten says. “I have always been fascinated by all the different fields.” Keirsten has mitochondrial myopathy. As a result of the disease’s progression, she uses a wheelchair . . .
Raymond (Ray) Walter, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, graduated college with degrees in physics, mathematics and economics at age 18. He is currently continuing his doctoral studies in mathematics and physics at the University of Arkansas, where he is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Raymond has also recently been . . .
I had never heard of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) before my dad was diagnosed. Those three letters had no significant meaning to me or my family. Now, they are still all around us, in our day to day, swirling through our minds like windswept leaves. They are forever present, always staring back at us, in . . .