Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Wheelchair Dancing

Melina has a proficiency certificate in English from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and attended the Panteion University of Athens.  She enjoys painting and sketching and has participated in a number of art exhibits.  She has also written and published literature.

Untitled - Trevor Schaid


Trevor created this artwork at age 16 at an art workshop during the summer of 1991 at MDA's Wonderland Camp at Camp Lake, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998 with a double major in English and psychology.

Untitled - Tammie Groth


Tammie created this artwork at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 15, 1993, at the Detroit Institute of Art.  Her service dog, “Ty,” accompanies her to classes at Schoolcraft College where she’s studying psychology.

Untitled - Stacey Wilson


Stacey has been painting since 1991 and also enjoys writing.  She graduated from the University of Houston with a major in accounting and is self-employed.

Untitled - Kane Urban


Kane created this artwork at age 12 in a MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 3, 1992, at the Chicago Art Institute.  He graduated with an MBA in 2005.

Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

Josh created this artwork at age 16 in an MDA-sponsored art workshop held in Providence.  He graduated from West Warwick High School and was a movie fan and football enthusiast.

Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

Gilbert created this painting at age 12 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held April 25, 1992, in San Antonio.  He is currently attending a university and taking general business courses.

Untitled - Brad Chidester

Brad was an accomplished artist and received MDA's Personal Achievement Award for Utah in 1993.  He also was a graphic artist who designed logos for Murray City, Utah, and several companies.

The Garden

Sarah created this artwork at age 9.  She’s active in power soccer and church groups.  Sarah is attending Maryville University in St. Louis.  She served as the MDA 2001 National Goodwill Ambassador.

The Unforgettable Fire

Elsha created this artwork after the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and Washington to be used as awards for local fire departments throughout Utah.  She graduated first in her class from Northridge High School in Layton.  Elsha is no longer able to paint due to weakness in her arms. Previously, she would lie on her side, using her left arm to support her right arm and hand as she painted.