MADISON (WKOW) -- Do not let her soft voice fool you.
Grade schooler Annie Heathcote is a powerful advocate for people with neuromuscular disease.
She's the Muscular Dystrophy Association goodwill ambassador for a second straight year.
Ten year old Annie Heathcote enjoys her role, and life, to the fullest.
Annie attends MDA summer camp every year. At recent camp sessions, her counselor has been 19 year old Liz Glasheen.
"You see a kid like Annie come through, and it reminds you not to take life for granted, because she doesn't."
Heathcote has spinal muscular atrophy. She has used a wheelchair since she was two.
Her disease; her wheelchair, are secondary to who she is.
"Annie is a kid that's so full of energy, and she's always happy," Glasheen said.
Heathcote is a blur at MDA summer camp.
"Harley rides, swimming, oh, there's alot," Heathcote said.
And it's not just all fun and games for this remarkable girl from Mazomanie. When not at summer camp at Kenosha County, Annie has been all over southern Wisconsin, promoting more understanding of the MDA's work serving people with any one of forty neuromuscular diseases, and funding scientific research.
"I think it's really fun," Heathcote said. "I look forward to going to events."
Annie has made a lasting impression on counselor Liz. "And she just makes me realize how much more blessed I am to know her. She's so happy."
Annie Heathcote already understands the connection between summer camp; other services provided by MDA; and the dollars which support them.
This little, determined girl sends out this message to people at the events: people who have helped. "Thank you, and it's really generous of you, just thank you."
Annie Heathcote receives alot of well deserved thanks herself for leading the way.