Austin Crawford is an American born Actor, Advocate for Multiple System Atrophy, and a Face of MSA Awareness for the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition.
Born: December 1971 in Watseka, Illinois.
Austin Crawford began his career with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in 2018 and continues until present day. Austin Crawford has become well known for his work in making MSA known through documentaries, television, and has went on to receive several awards.
Early career Austin spent many years volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT.
Austin was also an avid motorcycle rider...even making Sturgis in 2015 and appearing in Quick Throttle Magazine.
Austin was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012 and later Multiple System Atrophy in 2017.
Currently there 2 films Austin has worked with the MSA Coalition which are:
Fighting MSA: Austin Crawford's Story
Driven to Help
Patient Advocate of the Year
Multiple System Atrophy Coalition
The MSA Coalition Patient Advocate Award is rewarded annually at the Multiple System Atrophy Annual Patient and Family Conference since 2022. It recognizes a current MSA patient who champions the awareness, needs, and overall impact of multiple system atrophy.
Austin Crawford, of Watseka, IL, has been named the 2022 recipient of The MSA Coalition’s Patient Advocate Award. He has dedicated many years advocating for The MSA Coalition and the MSA community.
He was initially diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, like many MSA patients, in 2012 and later rediagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy in 2017.
Before his diagnosis and early in his career, Austin spent many years volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT-I and an Auxiliary Police Officer. He also was an avid motorcycle rider, even making the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2015 and appearing in Quick Throttle magazine.
His interest in motorcycles and cars sparked the theme of a recent documentary staring Crawford, Driven to Help (2022). He also is featured in a second documentary Fighting MSA Austin Crawford’s Story (2020). Both films have given MSA a boost in awareness and has provided comfort and resources to many patients in the community.
Austin has been a volunteer with the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition since 2018 serving on the General Advisory Council. His efforts in spreading awareness of MSA through award-winning documentaries, television appearances, social media presence, and more will be a long-lasting legacy that will continue to serve the Coalition and MSA patients and families for years to come.
Visit FightingMSA.com to learn more about Austin and his advocacy work.