We excitedly announced the 2014 winners of the annual 180 Medical College Scholarship Program earlier on August 1, 2014. Since then, we’ve been featuring each of our amazing recipients on the 180 Medical blog, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, and Ian. Today, meet 2014 180 Medical Scholarship recipient, Chelsea.
180 Medical Scholarship Winner Chelsea’s Story
By all accounts, Chelsea Holiday was a healthy and active child. However, as she grew, she began to have mobility difficulties. Progressively, she found it harder and harder to run, play, and keep up with her friends. Soon, even walking became a struggle. , she began to have difficulty with running, playing, and keeping up with her friends.
Her family took her to see multiple doctors. Finally, a doctor diagnosed a tumor growing at the base of Chelsea’s spine as well as a form of spina bifida. Chelsea had a lengthy surgery to remove the tumor. Afterward, she was told that walking would still be difficult. On top of that, there was always a chance the tumor could come back. However, Chelsea was undaunted. She was ready to get active again!
Throughout high school, Chelsea competed in multiple sports, including volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was even a team captain! In addition, 2014 180 Medical Scholarship Recipient Chelsea is also an active member of DECA and Latin Club. Plus, she regularly participates in volunteering and helping special needs children by tutoring.
You can read more about Chelsea’s recent awards in the Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Physical Adversity Didn’t Stop 3-Sport Athlete.”
This fall, Chelsea begins her Freshman year at Ithaca College and plans to pursue a career in Marketing.
We here at 180 Medical are excited to contribute to Chelsea’s dreams. We’re sure her unstoppable spirit will continue to awe and inspire others.
180 Medical College Scholarship Program
180 Medical’s college scholarship program helps college students living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn’t easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical’s College Scholarship program, visit www.180medical.com/Scholarships.