Emily Crabtree honored by Nixon, city of Waynesville

An ambitious 9-year-old from Waynesville not only was honored at a recent Waynesville City Council meeting but was also honored by Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday for her dedication to a special non-profit organization.

Emily Crabtree was recently named the Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Missouri by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Emily is the daughter of Steve and Tara Crabtree and attends Freedom Elementary School.

She was diagnosed with Congenital Nemoline Myopathy at the age of 3.

Congenital Nemoline Myopathy is one of the muscle diseases covered by MDA’s research and care programs.  

“It was a honor that Mayor (Luge) Hardman recognized Emily at the city council meeting by giving her a proclamation from the city,” said Emily’s father, Steve Crabtree, a corporal with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I.

On March 6, Emily traveled to Jefferson City to meet Gov. Jay Nixon where she was given a proclamation.

“Gov. Nixon spent quite a bit of time talking to Emily,” said Steve Crabtree. “Emily felt very special and that means a lot to our family.”

“I felt special because Governor Nixon let me sit in his chair behind his desk,” said Emily.

Friday afternoon, the Crabtree family traveled to Rolla where they spoke to the Rolla Rotary Club.

For the past four years Emily and her family have been diligently working to raise money and awareness of MDA.

There are several ways to help out the MDA Foundation and support Emily.

One way is to visit Buffalo Wild Wings in Waynesville today in which 10 percent of all proceeds will go to MDA.

Another way is by participating in the 2013 MDA Muscle Walk to be held Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Dunnegan Memorial Park in Bolivar.

Those who are interested can either donate money or enter a co-team under the “Crabtree Crusader Team.”

For questions, people may contact Emily’s parents. Steve and Tara, at 573-433-1704 or search for the walk and register online at walk.mda.org.