We are excited to announce the recipients of this year’s 180 Medical Scholarship! This is a scholarship that 180 Medical awards to students with spinal cord injuries, Spina Bifida, Transverse Myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder, who demonstrate great courage and altruism in their lives.
We’ve got quite an amazing group of recipients this year, all of whom have shown a great passion for their goals, a desire to help others, and unflinching optimism in the face of adversity: Julia Guzdial, Christian Migliarese, Adam Rose, Hannah Saucier, and Zachary Vasseur. 180 Medical is proud to acknowledge their achievements and support their future endeavors and goals.
Julia Guzdial was born with Spina Bifida. Doctors said she would never walk, but Julia’s parents were determined to instill a drive in Julia to beat the odds, and they got her a small walker when she was only two years old.
By the time she was 3, she made her first steps without the walker, and now she uses only a cane for balance.
Despite her difficulties with her diagnosis, she has persevered, hoping to become an inspiration for others with spina bifida. She has volunteered in the Diversity Program at her school, completed a summer internship at BioMedical Systems, and begins classes at Fontbonne University this fall.
Christian Migliarese was also born with Spina Bifida.
When his older brother showed him a video of Anthony Robles, a young man who was born with only one leg, wrestling at Arizona State, he was instantly inspired to try wrestling at his high school. Despite having to walk with forearm crutches, Christian let the coach know he wanted to work just as much as his teammates, so he trained hard every day. He continued on the team throughout high school for four years and achieved his first two wins in the fall of his senior year. He has been chosen to receive the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Medal of Courage and will be inducted this fall.
An inspiration to many, Christian is also active in many school clubs, such as the Ambassadors Club and Diversity Club, and he also spends many hours volunteering, including acting as a camp counselor and mentor to young adults with physical disabilities at a one-week sports camp each year. He hopes to continue his passion with sports broadcasting when he begins attendance at Texas Christian University this fall.
Adam Rose was one of 1,300 children in the USA who were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1998, just after his 4th birthday. During treatment with chemotherapy, his body suffered a rare and life-threatening reaction.
He survived, and as of 2002 is cancer-free, but the incident paralyzed him from the waist down, and Adam is now quadriplegic. Despite this unfortunate consequence of the illness, Adam remains an optimist and chooses to look at this as an opportunity to go above and beyond the ordinary and to help others who may have similar challenges.
At age twelve, he began hand-cycle racing, and he has now competed in 17 marathons, winning two! He has also been actively involved with the Disability Network of Michigan, completing rides and raising funds for the cause, while getting to talk with other individuals, many of whom are newly diagnosed/injured. Adam loves being able to connect with others and show them how much life has to offer. His goal is to get a Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering when he attends Kettering University this fall.
When Hannah Saucier was 12 years old, she had a diving accident which resulted in becoming paralyzed from the neck down with limited movement in arms, hands and torso (C-5 quadriplegia).
Despite the devastation of this event, she realized that how she chose to respond to her new situation would ultimately shape her character. She decided she wanted to take life by the horns and forget the physical limitations, focusing on academia. Since that time, she has continued to achieve outstanding grades, received numerous awards for leadership and high grades, taken many AP courses and participated in clubs, tutoring, volunteering, and academic competitions. Now she has set her sights on achieving a PhD in science, beginning with an undergraduate this fall at Davidson College.
Zachary Vasseur has always been an athlete. He loved motocross from the very first moment he was introduced to it. Eventually, he progressed with the sport to compete at a national level.
One day, he hit a high jump on his bike, and the impact from his hard landing broke his back, causing a spinal cord injury on his T-11 and T-12 vertebrae. His doctors told him he would have less than a 1% chance of ever walking again, but he was determined not to let his injury hold him back.
After years of hard work, he was able to walk across the stage at his graduation with a walker and leg braces. He has also acted as a mentor to other wheelchair-bound patients new to spinal cord injuries, in hopes that he can become a positive role model for others and show them that life is not over. Meanwhile, he has maintained high grades in hopes of pursuing a degree in Engineering at the University of Cincinnati this autumn.
Each one of these inspiring students received $1,000 to help further achieving their goals in education.
To learn more about our annual scholarship program or to download an application, check out www.180medical.com/scholarships.