Matthew Westerdale, a well-known fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in central Kentucky and spokesman for people with disabilities, was laid to rest today.
He died Friday at his home in Winchester after an extended stay at the hospice unit of Clark Regional Medical Center. He was 32.
Westerdale, son of Mary Ann Westerdale and the late Richard Westerdale of Winchester, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a young child, soon after he moved here with his family from Virginia in 1985.
Despite his disability caused by the muscular disorder, he graduated from George Rogers Clark High School, attended Eastern Kentucky University and worked for EDS, where he was said to be a model employee. He coached youth basketball and was a volunteer for his congregation, Grace Bible Church.