By Austin, Multiple system atrophy, United States, October 4, 2021
Hi my name is Austin Crawford. I was born in Watseka, Illinois. Raised in a rural area I started riding dirt bikes at a young age and continued to ride up until the age of 47.
I was a Street Supervisor for the Village of Milford, Illinois. Joining the Milford Fire and Rescue department as a volunteer in 2006. Wanting to continue to help I gained another position as an EMT-I for Carle Hospital and hired on as an Auxiliary Police Officer for Watseka, Illinois and worked security for the local concert venue.
After coming home from the Police department late one night and waking up on the floor having my wife ask me if I was ok was the start that would lead to a journey that was never suppossed to be.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012. After continuing to get worse and several tests a diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy was given in 2017.
Multiple System Atrophy is a devastating and quickly-developing disease with no known cause or cure.
Started working with Center Street Productions and the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in 2018 to develop this short documentary Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford's Story. This short awareness film has been well received aroumd the world raising awareness and winning several awards and is now recognized by IMDb.
Since the release of the film I have started a charity called Wheels for a Cause 2 to help others obtain mobilty devices.