Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Carl Yeager

Location

Lansdale, PA

Carl has been taking photos since 1972. His technique has evolved from traditional film photography processes to using software for cropping, tonal control, color mixing and other effects with scanned images. Although he uses a tracheostomy tube, Carl spends 95 percent of his field time by himself and uses a tripod to keep the camera steady.

Full name: 
CArl Yeager
Artist: 
Carl Yeager
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Graphic Art Photo

Elisabeth Howell

Location

Eugene, OR

Elisabeth excelled in music and digital media authoring. She won awards for Web site design while in high school. This artwork was featured in the 2003 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Full name: 
Elisabeth Howell
Artist: 
Elisabeth Howell
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Computer Art

Kerri Braun

Location

Spring Valley, OH

Kerri is a former National Goodwill Ambassador. She continues to enjoy creating artwork and is writing a book.

Full name: 
Kerri Braun
Artist: 
Kerri Braun
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Kenneth Turner

Location

Greensboro, NC

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.

Full name: 
Kenneth Turner
Artist: 
Kenneth Turner
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Chrystal Bates

Location

Las Cruces, NM

Chrystal has studied commercial and fine art, has taught art classes and has worked as a medical secretary. Her hobbies include music, sewing and exploring genealogy.

Full name: 
Chrystal Bates
Artist: 
Chrystal Bates
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Kelsey Seeger

Location

Albuquerque, NM

Kelsey created this artwork at age 10. She had artwork displayed at the New Mexico State Fair in 1998. Kelsey served as the 1999 MDA State Goodwill Ambassador for New Mexico.

Full name: 
Kelsey Seeger
Artist: 
Kelsey Seeger
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Amanda Aucoin

Amanda created this artwork at age 13 while attending an MDA summer camp. At that time, her hobbies included swimming and music.

Location

Berlin, MA
Full name: 
Amanda Aucoin
Artist: 
Amanda Aucoin
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Sarah Schwegel

Location

Kirkwood, MO

Sarah, who served as the 2001 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador, created this artwork at age 7. Her hobbies include swimming, singing in the church youth choir and art. This artwork was featured in the 2001 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Full name: 
Sarah Schwegel
Artist: 
Sarah Schwegel
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Karen Wheeler

Location

Henderson, NV

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.

Full name: 
Karen Wheeler
Artist: 
Karen Wheeler
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Dry-Brush with Color

Blanche Cuba

Location

David City, NE

Blanche began drawing and painting as a child. This artwork received a People’s Choice award in a local juried exhibit before she donated it to the MDA Art Collection. Blanche’s hobbies include reading, needlework and music.

Full name: 
Blanche Cuba
Artist: 
Blanche Cuba
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Oil

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