About Greg

Greg Marzolf Jr.Throughout his 20 years, Greg was an energetic, positive presence in his schools and community. Diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy as a small child, Greg grew up to be an active participant in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Greg committed himself to improving the lives of people who dealt with adversity and disability on a daily basis.

Even as a young boy, Greg’s enthusiasm for life and his spirit for volunteerism were contagious. In 1989, Greg started his search for a cure as he took on the role of the MDA Twin Cities Poster Child. As Poster Child, Greg traveled around the Twin Cities telling his story and inspiring others to join the fight for a cure. In 1991, Greg was selected to be the MDA Minnesota Poster Child.

Greg continued his passion for life during high school at Cretin-Derham Hall. He excelled in the classroom and was selected to be a part of the National Honors Society. He was vice president of the student council, a Diamond Officer in the Cretin-Derham Hall JROTC program and was elected president of the flight club. Greg also tutored students at East Consolidated Grade School.

PhotoWhen Greg moved beyond the halls of Cretin-Derham Hall, his spirit did not stop. While pursuing an English major at the University of St. Thomas, Greg was also active as a Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) Leader.

In 2000, Greg died from the effects of his disease. Greg lived a full life and enriched the lives of others with his spirit and hope. We celebrate his life through the work of the Foundation.