MDA Telethon Visits Past National Goodwill Ambassadors

Sarah Schwegel in 2001
Ben Cumbo in 1996
Mike Neufeldt in 1987
Ben Teraberry in 1985

A special segment of the 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon will be devoted to four former MDA National Goodwill Ambassadors. All will be profiled in videos that describe what has happened in their lives since the days they traveled the country spreading the word about MDA’s battle against neuromuscular diseases.

Sarah Schwegel, 17, from Kirkwood, Mo., was MDA National Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. She has spinal muscular atrophy type 2. After one more year of high school, she’ll be headed to college. She’s big on swimming and playing power soccer, and still volunteers a lot of her time to helping out at MDA fundraising events.

Ben Cumbo served as ambassador from 1996-97. The 23-year-old from Upper Marlboro, Md., earned his undergraduate degree with honors, and now is working on his master’s degree. Currently employed at the U.S. State Department, Cumbo, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is also an author and frequent advocate for people with disabilities.

Mike Neufeldt has served for years as a volunteer emcee for the Milwaukee broadcast of the MDA Telethon. Now 32, a college graduate and employed as a communications specialist at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, he served as a national goodwill ambassador from 1987-88. Named the recipient of MDA’s Robert Ross National Personal Achievement Award in 2008, he also is a published author and a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness. Neufeldt has Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy.

Ben Teraberry, 35, hails from Chandler, Ariz. He was the Association’s ambassador from 1985-86. Married and the father of three, he graduated from college in 1996, and is now a top-level database developer for Go Daddy. He has congenital muscular dystrophy. Longtime supporters of MDA, he and his family have been interviewed on the Phoenix broadcast of the MDA Telethon.

The MDA Telethon airs Sept. 5 and 6 on Love Network stations across the country.

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