For those who don’t know, I’m Morgan McLane, and I hail from the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m the NYA Fundraising chair, I also founded FastTrackPGH, a family run fundraiser 10 years ago to honor my late aunt Barbara Lee Scott.
Back in the mid 90’s my aunt started showing symptoms that no one saw except me. She would babysit for my parents, she would show anger and small fits towards a younger me. Screaming and yelling, chasing me around the house, clearing tables to get after me, those were just some of the things I can remember. The family never saw or believed the things I described as anything other than a vivid imagination of a child. However, when she started falling and getting into car accidents the family bonded together to get her to the doctors. We had our answers in 1999.
In 2008 I held the first FastTrackPGH, a fundraiser surrounding an autocross, which is easily explained as an automotive obstacle course against the clock. That first year we raised $3,500 and donated it at convention in Pittsburgh. I’ve never looked back, in the past 9 years we have raised over $100,000 for HD.
Las Vegas 2012: I can remember walking around aimlessly after the gala and recognizing a few faces from the days prior, it was at that point, I was literally grabbed and thrown into the middle of the NYA. That day changed the path of my life. Without the people I’ve surrounded myself with in the past 5 years I don’t know where I’d be, and I can’t thank them enough.
Being one of the few young people who weren’t genetically affected by HD, I knew that my strength was something that I could bring to the table. I’ve always tried to be there for those who need me, even fighting for those who can’t. I have the natural disposition to help any and all who ask for it.