My Role Models

Note: This post is a supplement to an article I wrote for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Quest magazine in January 2018, which you can find here.

I have also written about the importance of role models in this post

I have had many role models over the years who have helped me come to grips with my muscle disease. Some I have come to know personally; others I hope to meet one day. And of course, there are those I will never get the chance to meet.

The goal of this page is to list all the people who have helped me in some way. Each person, at some point in my life, helped pick me up when I was feeling down, and I am forever grateful.

Eventually, time-willing, I will write a blog post about each person to give them their due credit. As of right now, I will list them out, and provide a link to their story or website, so that you can learn more about them. If you are having a tough time, I highly encourage you to Google them or click on some of the links below. Contrary to how it seems sometimes, there are many extraordinary people out there in the world that we can learn from and emulate.

If you know of anyone who deserves to be on this list, feel free to email me, I am always looking for new role models.

My role models (in alphabetical order):


Mawi Asgedom

Sam Berns

Rob Besecker

Cheri Blauwet

Sarah Coglianese

Ryan Farnsworth

Viktor Frankl

Pete Frates

Carly Hughes

Paul Kalanithi

Eric LeGrand

Monkol Lek

Pat Quinn

Chris Rosa

Christopher Rush

Laurie Scovill

Mattie Stepanek

Sean Swarner

Brad Williams and everyone else at the Jain Foundation



Ok, my sister too…(although I don’t have an article about you, Jen!)



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