180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Kayla

We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, and Chelsea.

Today, we are proud to introduce you to Kayla, one of our inspiring scholarship winners.
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180 Medical College Scholarship Winner Kayla’s Story & Goals

Kayla was born with Spina Bifida Occulta, where an extra bone in her back severed her spinal cord and damaged the nerve that ran to her left foot. At just three months old, she had surgery to correct her spine and foot – the first of many surgeries in her life.

Doctors said she would likely never be able to walk, and while she definitely had difficulties to face that other children did not, she still proved the doctors wrong. Kayla says, “I do not remember my first steps, [but] I know the spirit that I had – the spirit that says never, ever give up.”

Throughout her life, she continues to work hard to defy the odds. In high school, she received numerous awards and honors, such as the Superintendent’s Rigor Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She also stayed very busy with extracurricular activities, clubs, and community service, such as DECA, FBLA, Spanish Club, Beta Club, Prom Committee, and more. On top of that, she has stayed active with sports, including JV and Varsity basketball and JV softball.

Kayla, who has just entered her Freshman year as a major in Public Policy at the University of Virginia, has kept a fiery spirit of determination and a positive outlook. We here at 180 Medical are awed by her story and her optimism, and we’re excited to play a part in contributing to her bright future.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those 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 https://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition today and find out ways to spread awareness.
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About the Author
Jessica is a Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she's been a part of the 180 family for 10 years. Her favorite part of working here is the positive impact we make on our community and in peoples' lives.

She loves cooking plant-based meals at home, listening to podcasts, creative writing, and taking walks with her dogs.