Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Stars Over Harbor

Kenneth created artwork for more than 25 years.  He taped his paintbrush to his fingers and developed a unique method of painting.  Kenneth used Velcro and clamps to hold his paper or canvas onto a lazy Susan which then turned as he painted.

Snow Owl


Karen received a master’s degree in art from California State University, Fullerton, with an emphasis in illustration.  She has exhibited her work in Las Vegas galleries and has collectors around the world.  Karen's favorite subjects are animals, and she hides a rose in every painting.  The rose represents Karen.  She selected it as an object that is easily accepted by others.

Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee


Ashley began painting seriously in 1982.  His artwork has been exhibited in many galleries in Tennessee, including the Parthenon Gallery in Nashville.

Skeletal Study of the Spinal Column

Gerald donated this painting at age 19.  He won several awards for his artwork, including the Dade County Silver Knight Award.

Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

Gerald donated this painting at age 19.  He won several awards for his artwork, including the Dade County Silver Knight Award.

Silent Thoughts

Shelley is a former Mississippi State Goodwill Ambassador.  Painting has been a lifelong hobby and while a student she won awards for her artwork.

Summer at the Cape


Ronald was a self-taught artist whose artwork received numerous awards in area art fairs.  He was a former member of the Maine Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.  Ronald received the 1997 Maine MDA State Personal Achievement Award.

Sunset Dip

Luke served as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador in 2006 and 2007, and appeared with his family on the Telethon for three years.  In high school he was an honor student and a reporter for the school newspaper. Luke is majoring in communications studies at Furman University and is active in DECA and Kappa Alpha.  He is an Eagle Scout and continues to represent MDA as the National Youth Chairman.

Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

Mackenzie completed fifth grade at Spring Branch School in Houston.  One of her favorite activities was the Houston MDA Summer Camp each year, and she enjoyed drawing.  This work of art was created in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held June 6, 1992, in Houston, Texas.

Rainbow Love

Alyssa has been drawing and painting most of her life.  She attended MDA summer camp at Rainbow Camp every summer.  Alyssa has received awards in school art shows and had one piece exhibited in a local gallery.  In addition to creating artwork, Alyssa enjoys traveling and shopping.  She graduated from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in May 2012.