Muscular Dystrophy Assocation Atlanta – Anyone’s Life Story – Charity Photography At Park Tavern In Atlanta

When the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Atlanta reached out over a month ago to ask if I could photograph their event at Atlanta’s Park Tavern, I couldn’t say no. They were planning an event during the month of ALS awareness celebrating Anyone’s Life Story. They were bringing together patients, loved ones, vendors who make a difference in the daily lives of people managing ALS, and skilled medical professionals from Emory to share stories of encouragement, progress, and hope.

The heart and soul of these people at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was so evident they were in the right place. Serving their passion. Making a difference.

Raphael from National Seating and Mobility was popping wheelies in his chair and talked to me about getting people set up in chairs that will best suit their mobility needs. It was clear from interactions with many who walked through the doors that there is a phenomenal level of customer service that extends to true caring for the people he helps.

And Robert from Dynavox showed me amazing technology that allows people to communicate who have speech impairments caused by various reasons. Just by looking at a table screen, a camera tracked retinal movements and would then verbalize sentences. Truly. Amazing. Technology.

MDA Atlanta hosted a dinner for the folks who came.

MDA Atlanta staff spoke about current initiatives and folks making so many endeavors possible.

And then three revered medical professionals spoke to the room about advancements, challenges, stories of perseverence and hope.

You can see more of the photographs of the lovely people who came out to enjoy this evening together in an album on the MDA Atlanta facebook page.

The message that Jonathan Glass, M.D. reiterated was, “I’m glad you’re here, but I wish we had never met” as he acknowledged the painful reality of ALS and the impact it has on the lives of so many.

I hope to see a cure for this disease within my lifetime.