A passionate ATV rider and supportive big brother, 14-year old Devin Argall is defying the odds at every turn. The Wisconsin State Goodwill Ambassador was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at the age of two, and doctors told him he would likely need a wheelchair by 10 years old.
Today, Devin continues to walk without assistance. As Devin likes to say, “I like proving people wrong.”
And while he faces challenges every day, such as getting into a car and walking up stairs, his positive attitude persists. No matter the physical limitations that he might experience, Devin possesses a confidence and perseverance that motivates his family, friends, classmates and teachers around him to live unlimited.
Devin doesn’t see challenges as barriers; he sees them as opportunities. With his uplifting spirit and compassionate nature, he has been active on the event circuit, participating in many MDA programs including Muscle Walks, Team Momentum, and other local awareness efforts and fundraising programs.
Earlier this year, Devin rallied his community to participate in the MDA Muscle Walk of Green Bay. From start to finish, Devin, the team captain, cheered on his team and fellow Muscle Walk participants, and his team, the DMD Warriors, surpassed their $2000 goal and raised more than $5550 for MDA. It is with success like this that Devin has earned the nickname, “a fundraising animal.”
Devin lives unlimited every day; however, the achievement he is proudest of is completing a one-mile run at school. Inspired by his father’s strength and determination to run multiple endurance races with Team Momentum, Devin was able to cross his personal finish line too. As one of Team Momentum’s top fundraisers, the Argall family continues to dedicate their miles to the DMD Warriors and to freeing kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases.
For Devin, living unlimited means doing anything that you put your mind to, no matter if others doubt you or even if you doubt yourself. Every day, he overcomes obstacles and tells all who would suggest DMD might make some things impossible to achieve: “Watch me ‘cause I can do those things.”
As if all that isn’t enough, Devin aspires to be a doctor so he can help people in the ways that MDA clinics have helped him live unlimited. This summer, let’s make more #LiveUnlimited moments happen for MDA families like the Argall’s so they can live longer, grow stronger and defy limits.
Learn more about Devin on NBC 26 (Green Bay, WI): “Manitowoc Teen Inspires Others Fighting Muscular Dystrophy,” July 12, 2016