An ambitious 9-year-old from Waynesville not only was honored at last week's last week's Waynesville City Council Meeting, but was also honored by Gov. Jay Nixon on 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). Waynesville City Council honored Emily with a proclamation at the meeting.
“We are very lucky to have people in our city like her.” Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman said.
Emily is the daughter of Steve and Tara Crabtree and attends Freedom Elementary. She was diagnosed with Congenital Nemoline Myopathy at the age of three. Congenital Nemoline Myopathy is one of the muscle diseases covered by MDA’s research and care programs.
“It was a honor that Mayor Hardman recognized Emily at the City Council Meeting by giving her a proclamation from the City,” Steve Crabtree, Emily's father said.
Emily was ecstatic to see her family and friends fill City Hall for support.
“ It was so cool that I was invited to the Waynesville City Council Meeting,” Emily Crabtree said. “Mayor Hardman and her council are very nice.”
And on Wednesday, Emily traveled to Jefferson City to meet Gov. Nixon, and was given a proclamation.
“ Gov. Nixon spent quite a bit of time talking to Emily,” Steve Crabtree said. “Emily felt very special and that means a lot to our family.”
Emily even got to spend time in the Governor's office.
“I felt honored to be at the State Capital in Governor Nixon's Office,” she said. I felt special because Governor Nixon let me sit in his chair behind his desk
In Emily's Proclamation from the city of Waynesville, signed by Hardman, the city vowed that it is the responsibility of the citizens to assist to help individuals with disabilities, including Muscular Dystrophy, and value the worth, dignity of rights of these individuals.
“I think it's a big deal that here in the city [of Waynesville} we show how much we are backing her up and supporting her,” Emily's mother, Tara Crabtree.
Locally, there are several ways to help out the MDA foundation and support Emily. On March 11, Buffalo Wild Wings will be donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can also purchase a shamrock at Price Cutter or Lowe's to help the foundation.