New MDA Illinois state goodwill ambassador named
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[December 30, 2013]
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois
Muscular Dystrophy Association offices have announced Lizzie
Chamberlain from Jacksonville as the new 2014 state goodwill
ambassador. Lizzie is the daughter of Jeff and Lori Chamberlain and
has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy Type 3, one of 40
different muscle-related diseases covered by MDA.
As the state goodwill ambassador, Lizzie will make public
appearances year-round throughout the community to encourage
volunteers in the association's year-round educational and
fundraising campaigns. Lizzie will also get to participate in
various MDA special events in Illinois.
Lizzie is a fifth-grader
who enjoys studying grammar and music. She loves to sing and
performs with the Jacksonville Children's Choir. She also loves to
act and is involved in the Jacksonville Theatre Guild, where she has
the opportunity to combine both of her passions. She often
participates in musicals put on by the theater company, including
"The Velveteen Rabbit" and "Annie."
Lizzie and her family have been a part of the MDA family since
2012. They are community representatives for fundraising programs
such as Shamrocks, Fill-The-Boot, Casey's Mobile Program and
Lock-Ups. Their family and friends formed a Muscle Walk team in
2013, calling themselves Lizzie's Leapin' Lizards.
Lizzie has attended MDA summer camp for the past two years. She
loves seeing all her friends she has made, singing karaoke,
swimming, riding horses and much more. It is her favorite week of
the year, and she looks forward to coming back every summer.
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She is a funny, sweet, caring, bright young woman and is very
excited about the opportunity to represent the state of Illinois.
Her passion is to help people better understand and be more
compassionate about others with disabilities.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular
dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
The association also provides comprehensive health care and support
services, advocacy, and education. MDA clinics serving the central
Illinois area are the OSF Neurology Group in Peoria, SIU School of
Medicine in Springfield and Carle Clinic in Champaign. For more
information, contact the Central Illinois MDA office at
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