Evan Riley, an outgoing 9-year-old from Thomaston, has been selected as state ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a second term.

As the state ambassador, Riley will make public appearances throughout the state, representing kids and adults in Maine with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.

He was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 2. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of the muscle diseases covered by MDA’s research and care programs. It can affect the muscles of the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders, and later the skeletal (voluntary) muscles in the arms, legs and trunk. By the early teens, the heart and respiratory muscles are also affected.

Riley is in fourth-grade and his favorite subjects are math and science. He enjoys being outdoors, ice fishing and swimming. He attends the MDA Care Center in Cincinnati. This past year, he attended his second MDA Summer Camp. In 2017, Riley helped raise awareness about the MDA, its mission and neuromuscular disease.

Former MDA state ambassadors have grown up to fulfill life goals and achieve distinction, earning advanced degrees and making their marks as successful business professionals. Many continue in volunteer roles for MDA, serving on various committees on public awareness and appearing at events.