Kirk Kellogg, a chaplain at Harmony Hospice in Metairie, has won the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) 2010 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Louisiana.
As chaplain, Kellogg ministers to the spiritual needs of people in the final days of terminal illnesses. He also has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which causes muscle weakness and atrophy; stiff joints; muscle and tissue tightening; and a loss of sensation in feet, lower legs, hands and forearms. He walks with the help of leg braces. Kellogg also volunteers to answer phones during the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and he has coordinated activities for inner-city youth.
The award, named for MDA's longtime chief executive who died in 2006, recognizes the contributions to the community of people who have neuromuscular diseases covered by the MDA.