Strongly


An expression of the live unlimited spirit, stories and voices of the MDA community

Arkansas State Goodwill Ambassador

Hannah Grace Thomas, Age 12 Fayetteville, AR Home and Family Hannah has a loving family including her Dad Mark, mom Mary, and sister Chelsea. She also has many aunts, uncles, cousins and her beloved dog Michi. Diagnosis Hannah has Charcot Marie Tooth, which causes damage to the peripheral nerves and relay sensations, like pain and . . .

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California State Goodwill Ambassador

Alexander (Zander) Vargas, Age 9 Sacramento, CA Home and Family Zander is the son of Jennifer and Antonio Vargas. Has one brother, Antonio. Diagnosis At age 6, Zander was diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD), which at this time is grossly affecting his digestive system and bones, causing early onset osteoporosis. School Zander is currently . . .

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Colorado State Goodwill Ambassador

Zoe Grisez, Age 13 Colorado Springs, CO Home and Family Zoe is the daughter of Mark and Lorraine Grisez. Diagnosis Zoe was diagnosed with SMA Type II in December of 2002. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. The age at which . . .

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Connecticut State Goodwill Ambassador

Marley Nibecker Robinson, Age 14 Mystic, CT Home and Family Marley lives with her mother Gabrielle and father Karl. She has an older brother named Cooper and loves all of her pets. Marley has a dog, a rabbit, two ducks, & three chickens. Diagnosis Marley has Spinal Muscular Atrophy II and was diagnosed when she . . .

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Delaware State Goodwill Ambassador

Jessica Albanese, Age 16 New Castle, DE Home and Family Jessica lives with her parents, younger sister Victoria, and their chocolate lab. Diagnosis Jessica was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy in 2008 at the MDA clinic at A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) is a group of disorders affecting voluntary muscles, mainly . . .

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Florida State Goodwill Ambassador

Manny Gore, Age 5 Brandon, FL Home and Family Manny lives with his parents, Beth and Daniel, and siblings, Jacob, Kaley, Sam, Luke and Zoe. Diagnosis Manny is diagnosed with Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. At least 30 different types of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy are now recognized. School Along with his brothers and sisters, Manny . . .

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Georgia State Goodwill Ambassador – Abigail Lloyd

Abigail Lloyd, Age 10 Loganville, GA Home and Family Abigail is the daughter of Jeri and Ryan Lloyd. She has one sister and one brother as well as 2 dogs and a guinea pig. Diagnosis Abigail has Mitochondrial Myopathy. Muscle cells and nerve cells have especially high energy needs, muscular and neurological problems — such . . .

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Georgia State Goodwill Ambassador – Kyle Eggleston

Kyle Eggleston, Age 10 Alpharetta, GA Home and Family Kyle is the son of Debbie and Andrew Eggleston. He is the oldest of three children and has two dogs. Diagnosis Kyle has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In DMD, boys begin to show signs of muscle weakness as early as age 3. The disease gradually weakens the . . .

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Hawaii State Goodwill Ambassador

Marjaneh Shaker, Age 11 Honolulu, HI Home and Family Marjaneh is the daughter of Morad and Marjan Shaker. She is a big sister to Alex and Anahita. Marjaneh is a local girl, born in Honolulu. Diagnosis Marjaneh has Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. CMD is a muscular dystrophy which usually becomes apparent at or near birth. In . . .

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Idaho State Goodwill Ambassador

Jayden Long, Age 7 Nampa, ID Home and Family Jayden lives at home with his mom and dad, a dog, 3 Koi fish, 1 rainbow shark, and 1 sucker fish. Diagnosis Jayden was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Myopathy at the age of 3, shortly after his younger brother Jaxon passed away. The main problems associated with . . .

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