Kansas State Goodwill Ambassador

Kansas State Goodwill Ambassador

Lindsay Cochran, Age 11
Gardner, KS

Home and Family

Lindsay lives with her mom and dad, Tracy and Walt, and brother, Trenton.


Lindsay was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 in May 2004, at 8 months old, and relies on a power wheelchair for all of her mobility. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. The biggest potential problems in SMA are respiratory muscle weakness, swallowing muscle weakness, and back muscle weakness with progressive spinal curvature.


Some of Lindsay’s favorite classes in fifth grade are reading, math, recess and gym.


Lindsay is very much a girly girl. She enjoys spending time with her friends, sleepovers, animals and movies. She loves to spend time creating crafts and riding horses. Her favorite Summer Camp activities are swimming and arts and crafts. Lindsay is a very outgoing young lady and loves making others smile.

MDA Activities

Lindsay has been very involved with her local MDA office for many years. She attended her first MDA Summer Camp in June 2010 where she quickly made lifelong friends. She has also been a team captain for the MDA Muscle Walk. Lindsay and her family are very involved in helping MDA make a difference not only in their family but for all our other families who are living with a muscle disease.