Tucker Hart, an outgoing 9-year-old from Waverly, has been named the State of Iowa Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
"As the State Goodwill Ambassador," Iowa Regional Director, John Claes, said, "Tucker and his family will make public appearances throughout the state to encourage volunteers in the Association's year-round educational and fund-raising campaigns and will also take part in a number of state-wide special events."
Tucker is the son of Brett and Mindy Hart. He has two sisters, McKenna and Maggie.
Tucker's condition was diagnosed as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2001. Duchenne, a form of Muscular Dystrophy, causes gradual muscle weakness and wasting in the voluntary skeletal muscles, eventually affecting involuntary muscles as well.
Tucker and his extended family have been outstanding supporters of MDA by being involved with many events. Tucker's family has attended several MDA events, including: area Lock-Ups, Lincoln Savings Bank Golf Classic, MDA Stride & Ride, Waterloo Bucks Jersey Auction, and the local telethon broadcast on KGAN. Tucker also participates in the annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy program by shopping at participating locations.
The Hart family's dedication goes beyond representing MDA at events. Several members of their family have raised funds for the MDA and have participated in the Shell Rock 4th of July Parade annually since Tucker's diagnosis.
Tucker attends West Cedar Elementary School where he is in the third grade. His favorite subjects in school are science, art and math. In his free time, Tucker enjoys arts and crafts and building things. Tucker can often be found riding his four-wheeler, playing outside with his friends, and watching NASCAR, football and basketball. He also attends MDA Summer Camp, as well as MDA's Waterloo Muscle Clinic.
When asked why he wanted to be the Iowa State Goodwill Ambassador, Tucker answered, "I want to help MDA raise money to find a cure to fix my legs."
Tucker has a contagious smile and amazing attitude toward life. His family's optimistic outlook and determination to find a cure makes them excellent candidates to represent MDA state-wide.