February 11, 2002
Courtesy of the King County Muscular Dystrophy Association
Chris Schlechty, a lively, bright and humorous 17-year-old from Carnation, has been named Goodwill Ambassador for the King County Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, David Canzler, Chapter president, announced recently.
"As the King County Chapter's Goodwill Ambassador," Canzler said, "Chris will make public appearances throughout the community to encourage volunteers in the association's year-round education and fund-raising campaigns and will also take part in a number of the chapter's special events."
Chris is the son of Charles and Mary Schlechty. Chris's condition was diagnosed as Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy at the approximate age of 8. Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy is one of the neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA's research and care programs.
Chris is currently a 10th grader at Cedarcrest High School where his favorite subjects are math and science.
Chris is involved in the Knowledge Bowl, and is a teacher's assistant as well. He was just recently accepted into the University of Washington Do It Program for the year 2002. Chris is interested in music, P.C. and Nintendo games, models and portrays a remarkable sense of humor.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.
The association funds some 400 research projects in the U.S. and abroad yearly. It also supports some 230 hospital-affiliated clinics at which people with any one of the diseases covered by the association receive medical care and support services.
The MDA clinics serving the King County area are located at the University of Washington Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.