Jacksonville girl named 2014 Illinois MDA ambassador

By Nick Kovatch on December 23 at 7:27am

A Jacksonville girl diagnosed with muscular dystrophy has been named the new Goodwill ambassador for the Illinois Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lizzie Chamberlain is the daughter of Jeff and Lori Chamberlain. She’s been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3, one of forty 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 5th 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 theatre 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 2 years. 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.

For more information contact the Central Illinois MDA office at 217-351-1853.