You've heard of Parkinson's disease and You've heard of Lou Gerhigs disease, but what if you had a combination of both?
Hi I'm Austin Crawford and I was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy(MSA). I am an American born actor, Advocate for Multiple System Atrophy, and a Face for MSA Awareness with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition.
I have become most notable for my character in Fighting MSA Austin Crawford's Story (2020) and the feature movie Driven to Help (2022).
Born: December 1971 in Watseka, Illinois.
I began my career with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in 2018 and continue until present day. I've have become well known for my work in making MSA known through documentaries, television, and have went on to receive several awards.
Early career I spent many years volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT-I for the Village of Milford, an Auxiliary Police Officer for Watseka, Illinois, a security guard/bouncer, an EMT-I for Carle Hospital, and a full-time Street Supervisor for the Village of Milford consecutively for many years.
That all changed once I was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy.
I was also an avid motorcycle rider starting at a very early age of 7. To riding into the 75th Anniversary of Sturgis in 2015 on my Buell motorcycle and appearing in Quick Throttle Magazine with my family.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012 and later Multiple System Atrophy in 2017.
Raising awareness of Multiple System Atrophy is critical due to it being so rare and maintaining a positive attitude.
I began working with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in 2018.
Currently I am on the General Advisory Council with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition.
In 2019 we started working on Fighting MSA Austin Crawford's Story and released the film in 2020.
In 2021 we started filming Driven to Help which took roughly a year to complete.
I received the Patient Advocate Award from the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in December of 2022.
On April 14th of 2023 I received the Humanitarian Award for Fighting MSA Austin Crawford's Story from Best Shorts Competition.
Driven to Help started streaming on Tubitv in March of 2023.
Just to know that we are reaching out to showcase this rare and terminal neurological illness with an outlook that is positive and heartwarming is our main goal.
To make Multiple System Atrophy a household name and to make this invisible disease visible.