Hunter Hometown: Burnsville, MN Age: 10 Diagnosis: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), which causes muscle weakness and atrophy, and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Art and time in the library. Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my parents, Alan and Dana, and my younger brother Hayden (7). . . .
For Cheryle Elliot and her son, Dakota, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is like a part of the family. From selling MDA Shamrocks to attending their local MDA Lock-Up event to participating in Muscle Walk, they do it all — with Dakota smiling and laughing all the way through. Dakota was born with congenital myotonic muscular . . .
Marley Hometown: Mystic, CT Diagnosis: I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, and I was diagnosed when I was 1 year old. SMA is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Age: 15 Favorite School Subject/Activities: I am currently a sophomore in high school. My favorite subjects . . .
Devin Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin Diagnosis: Duchenne muscular dystrophy Age: 14 Favorite School Subject/Activities: I really like science and health. Favorite People and/or Pets: I love my family, my dogs and everyone at MDA. Interests: I enjoy drawing cars, watching sports, riding ATVs, making hand-made rainbow loom bracelets and playing video games. My favorite Things About MDA: MDA helps so many people. . . .
Payton Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Age: 13 Diagnosis: Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), a group of muscular dystrophies that become apparent at or near birth. CMD results in overall muscle weakness with possible joint stiffness or looseness. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Reading, writing, and art. Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my older brother Jacob and my mom, Angela. I also . . .
Ryan Hometown: Naperville, IL Age: 13 Diagnosis: I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Favorite School Subject/Activities: My favorite school subjects are PE and Math. Favorite People and/or Pets: Aside from my mom, dad, and sisters, I love the Chicago Blackhawks. Interests: I enjoy going to watch . . .
Jeramiha Hometown: Weston, West Virginia Age: 14 Diagnosis: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy. Favorite School Subject/Activities: I love anything to do with sports! Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my mom Ashley, stepdad Daniel, and siblings Dakota, Jayleigh, and Malik. . . .
Grace Hometown: Middletown, Delaware Age: 15 Diagnosis: I was diagnosed with myotonia congenita in 2006 at the MDA Clinic at A.I.duPont Hospital. Myotonia congenita is an inherited myopathy, a disease that causes problems with the tone and contraction of skeletal muscles. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Digital arts, music, and literature. Favorite People and/or Pets: I live with my parents, . . .
Matthew Christopher Allen, Age 8 Lee’s Summit, MO Home and Family Matthew lives with his parents, Nick and Vanessa, older brother and younger sister. He has two dogs, Cinnamon and Kaycee, and a cat, Kaydee, who is his favorite. Diagnosis Matthew was diagnosed at the age of 5 with Mitochondrial Myopathy and Primary Neuromuscular Disease . . .
Alice McConnell, Age 11 Anchorage, AK Home and Family Alice lives with her parents and two brothers: John (who has Duchenne) and Daniel. Diagnosis Alice was diagnosed with Female Manifesting Carrier Syndrome Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 6. School Alice is in 7th grade and enjoys Math and Science. Interests Alice’s interests include piano, choir, . . .