Episode 36 - Wrapping Up 2023 with Leah and Amy

Episode 36,   Dec 05, 2023, 10:57 PM

In this Quest Podcast episode, we chat with Muscular Dystrophy Association’s National Ambassadors, Leah Z., and Amy Shinneman. Amy feels that connecting and sharing her story with others through MDA has been life changing. Leah is a dedicated advocate that feels it is important to advocate for yourself and stand up for those that are not able. These ladies join us to share their experiences, expertise, and advice.



Amy lives with a type of muscular dystrophy called Bethlem myopathy. She has had symptoms since birth but did not receive a diagnosis until she was 44 years old - thanks to genetic testing. She is the mom of two boys who are in college and high school. She enjoys painting with acrylics and oils, cooking, baking, reading and exercising. She also enjoys training for marathons with her husband, Jamie, who pushes her in her duo bike. They have competed in multiple marathons together.

Connect with Amy: 

Facebook: amy.l.shinneman
Instagram: @ashinneman

Leah is 16 years old and was born with an ultra-rare form of neuromuscular disease. She is an accomplished actress, dancer, model and adaptive athlete. She has danced on the Lincoln Center stage, walked in New York Fashion Week...twice, and appeared in the Jennifer Lopez movie, Marry Me.

Connect with Leah:

Instagram: @leahj.zelaya


Mindy Henderson is the Senior Director & Editor-in-Chief of Quest Media, and the host of this podcast. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old and has been a life-long partner to MDA. Mindy is also a motivational speaker and a writer, and author of the book, The Truth About Things That Suck.

Connect with Mindy:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hendersonmindy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindyhendersonspeaks/