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2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Maria

by Jessica November 15 2016 12:20
Earlier this summer, we announced the names of each of the 2016 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. This year, there were so many deserving candidates with inspirational backstories and exciting goals, whether to be able to return to school after a long absence in hopes to renew a career path or just starting out as a college freshman with dreams of being able to help others with their future job. We are truly honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

We will continue to feature each one of our recipients on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter so you can get notified every time we publish a new blog. Previously, we have featured MacyJared, Tiffany, and Spencer. This week, meet Maria!

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Maria was only three when a rare neurological disease known as Transverse Myelitis began attacking her body. She became paralyzed from the neck down, and the doctors were unsure if she would recover. But Maria, now referred to as a "miracle case," defied the odds and is now able to stand and walk again. Not only that, she is active with skiing, horseback riding, swimming, and golfing as well as making time for community service, orchestra, co-captain of Math Team during high school, mentoring, and more.

We were especially inspired by how much Maria has worked to overcome the the physical challenges that are still present, due to the Transverse Myelitis symptoms that continue. "Physical therapy is my varsity sport," Maria says. "Sometimes getting from point A to point B takes the shape of a marathon." Yet, she continues on, and she has accepted the challenge of going to college, where she hopes she will make a difference.

As of this fall semester, Maria has begun her first semester of college at George Washington University with a currently undeclared major. We hope her first year of college is a blast and that she continues to excel and change others' lives. 

180 Medical is honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. We know paying for college isn't easy these days, and we also understand that there can often be extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. That's why we created this program. To learn more about our annual College Scholarship, visit our Scholarship page

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. 


Time to Apply for 180 Medical's 2015 College Scholarship Program

by Jessica January 28 2015 13:24
Are you seeking financial assistance to help pay for your full-time college hours in the Fall of 2015?  Up until June 1st of this year, eligible applicants can apply for one of seven awards. Learn more:

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180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Nichole

by Jessica August 15 2014 11:32
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On August 1st, 2014, we revealed all of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship winners. Thank you to everyone who applied. We had so many great applicants this year, and our scholarship committee had an extremely difficult time judging. We couldn't pick just five, so we awarded NINE individuals this year! A big thank you goes out to our founder and CEO, Todd Brown, who has such a passion to help young students achieve their dreams.

Throughout the next few months, we will be highlighting our individual winners on our blog, so stay tuned! This week, we are happy to feature one of our scholarship winners, Nichole Sheridan.

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Nichole, a 20-year-old junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, was always a healthy and lively child. Her family even nicknamed her "the Energizer Bunny" because of her active, non-stop drive.

Then one day, when she was just 13, everything changed. Within the course of one week, her body began to lose strength. She couldn't even get up from bed on her own. After multiple hospital visits, tests, scans, and more, she found out what was wrong: she had Transverse Myelitis/Myelopathy.

It was a turning point in Nichole's life, but she kept her drive and perseverance, despite the difficulty she now faced. She was told she may never walk again, but she is determined to never give up, saying, "I know that one day I will stand up on my own two feet and take steps by myself. When someone limits my ability to do something, I will turn around, work my hardest, and show them that their negativity doesn't have a place in my life."

Ultimately, her goal is to help others who have Transverse Myelitis or other challenges get through the rough patches and let them know that a full life is still possible, even in a wheelchair. She wants to use her education and experience to inspire others as a leader of a nonprofit foundation or charity. In the meantime, she also spends her free time writing on her website and blog at

Transverse Myelitis is a neurological disease where the spinal cord becomes inflamed. Those affected will usually experience the symptoms suddenly or over a short period of time (usually within days) at the onset. Signs of Transverse Myelitis include weakness and/or numbness of limbs, back pain, paralysis, sensory loss, and motor deficits.

Nichole's life story is certainly an inspiration to us, and we are so pleased to be able to contribute a piece toward her future dreams and goals!

180 Medical's scholarship program was created to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder afford college. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit

180 medical jess jAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Scholarship Program

by Jessica March 19 2014 14:24
If you or someone you know (kids, grandchildren, neighbors, friends) are living with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and/or transverse myelitis and will be attending college as a full-time student in the fall of 2014, we encourage you to apply for our annual scholarship. $1,000 will be awarded to 5 recipients.

Today's economy and rising college prices is enough of a worry without also dealing with a disability, and we understand that. That's just part of why 180 Medical created this scholarship as a way to give back to the community and give those facing extraordinary challenges a chance to further their education and impact their surrounding community.

For more information and full details and/or to download an application at

Feel free to take a look at the winners in the past two years and their awesome stories:
2012 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients
2013 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients

Illinois Walk-Run-N-Roll for TMA (Transverse Myelitis Association)

by Jessica October 2 2013 11:31
Coming up on October 6, 2013, at McCollum Park (6801 S. Main Street) in Downers Grove, IL, a 1.2 mile Walk-Run-N-Roll event will be held to raise funds and awareness for the Transverse Myelitis Association. Anyone of any age can join this fun event to walk, run, or roll the distance in their wheelchairs.

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TMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to serve those who are affected by neuro-immune diseases, like Transverse Myelitis (TM), Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Optic Neuritis (ON), to name just a few. Neuro-immune diseases can happen to anyone, affecting both children and adults at any age and causing disability or even paralysis.

180 Medical is helping to sponsor this event, as some of our own customers are affected by neuro-immune diseases, one of whom will be participating in this year’s Walk-Run-N-Roll event for the very first time. And this is his story, written by his caring mother Liz:

180 medical customer drewThis is our son Andrew (Drew), who was a perfectly healthy 15-month-old before the picture on the right was taken. Unfortunately, he had complications with vaccines, an ear infection, cough, and an insistent pediatrician. Days after, he fell to the ground crying, unable to stand or sit up to eat (we were unaware his spinal cord was inflamed, causing paralysis from the waist down). After a week in two different hospitals confirming the same diagnosis of Transverse Myelitis, we were left with this rare immuno-neurological disorder and all its side effects (incomplete paralysis, limited mobility, neurogenic bowel and bladder, autonomic dysreflexia, and more). Our baby was suddenly fighting to move, urinate or have bowel movements on his own. We were all changed forever.

180 medical customer drew 2After hundreds of hours of therapies, hospital stays and specialist appointments, 5 years have passed, and we've all managed to grow stronger and learn more than we could have ever imagined!  Drew has continued to face challenges head-on and perseveres with his beaming smile and a twinkle in his eye. He endures his limited mobility with the help of braces, forearm crutches and walker (wheelchair for long days) but longs to be "normal" most days. Luckily, he has found supportive friends, continued encouragement from family, and his special abilities in wheelchair basketball, drawing and archery. 

We have always felt grateful that we have Drew and his courageous spirit as it could have been so much worse if there were breathing, full paralysis or cognitive issues involved.  Through our wonderful circles of support, we have done a few small fundraisers to help the Transverse Myelitis Association as they initially were our main support in this very rare condition to help us navigate through the medical, insurance, specialists needed at such a traumatic time. Now we would like to continue to show our support to Drew and his daily challenges, raise awareness of this life-long disabling disorder, and raise funds for the TMA  to support research for a cure of TM and other rare immuno-neurological disorders.  

If you are in the area and you’d like to participate or if you'd like to help support the cause please visit

More About the Transverse Myelitis Association:
The Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA) is a not-for-profit dedicated to the support of children, adolescents, and adults with a spectrum of rare neuro-immune disorders including: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Optic Neuritis (ON) and Transverse Myelitis (TM).

The goals of the TMA are to support and advocate for individuals and their families through education programs and outreach opportunities including annual family camps for children; to build a comprehensive network of medical professionals dedicated to the care of patients through Fellowships, and to support research to further the understanding of the causes of TM, ADEM, ON and NMO, and develop new acute and regenerative therapies.

180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for four years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

College Scholarship Program for SCI, Spina Bifida, Transverse Myelitis

by kier January 15 2013 13:07

Families of children with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and neurogenic bladders face unique financial challenges, and 180 Medical is proud to offer a college scholarship program to help young adults financially toward their higher education. 

2013 College Scholarship Award
180 Medical will be awarding five young adults with $1,000 college scholarships to go toward their tuition. Awards are paid directly to the student's university.

Eligibility Requirements
Any student that is attending a two year, four year, or graduate school college and enrolled full time in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician's care for any of the following conditions: spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder. You must be a resident of the United States and be attending a school in the United States.

Download the application HERE. Make sure to fill out the application completely and include all of the required documents to be eligible for the scholarship. 

Past Recipients
View the 2012 180 Medical Scholarship Program Recipients 

For more information visit our scholarship website or email our scholarship team at

180 Medical Awards Scholarship to Students

by kier September 4 2012 10:40

180 Medical, the one of the nation's premier suppliers of catheters and catheter equipment, announced the winners of their first annual 180 Medical College Scholarship Award this month. The award is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional courage not just in overcoming adversity, but also in their work as student ambassadors, helping others with spinal cord injuries or Spina Bifida.

This year's recipients, Daniel Pitaluga, Kristan Stanford and Susan Crim have shown this spirit time and again and 180 Medical is proud to recognize their achievements and support their future success. 

After being diagnosed as a quadriplegic, Daniel Pitaluga was already well along in an architecture program he hoped to one day turn into a career. But when his limited hand dexterity prevented him from drawing and translating his design ideas to the page, he thought all was lost. But teaching himself complicated digital drafting tools, Daniel was able to continue his education and present his designs just like his peers. In the fall, he heads to Florida International University to pursue his career as an architect.  

After a car accident left him a quadriplegic, Kristan Stanford has become a disability advocate and currently participates in a variety of sports. As he wants to be motivational speaker and is pursuing a degree at Weber State University, Kristan has pursued this goal by making the honor roll and actively speaking to kids about the acceptance, perseverance and the positive side of being in a wheelchair.


After a domestic dispute with a boyfriend ended in a bullet to the neck that left her paralyzed, Susan Crim had to learn to live as a quadriplegic. Battling anger and resentment both at the person that put her in her chair but also her inability to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, Susan turned her energy to helping others. Modeling her work after a disability advocate that helped her family get access to funding that helped her continue her education, she decided to pursue a career in criminal justice to help others that may be wrapped up in violent relationships and need help to avoid violent crime. In her work with ThinkFirst National Foundation as a voice for injury prevention, Susan's scholarship will help her continue her education at Baker College.

Each student received $1,000 to help further his or her education. To learn more about this scholarship program, visit the 180 Medical Scholarship page. 

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

by kier January 20 2012 12:42
180 Medical College Scholarship Program

We are very excited to provide three $1,000 scholarships to students with spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, or transverse myelitis. The college scholarship is available to high school seniors or those currently in college that are planning to attend at least 12 credit hours at a two-year or four-year college in the U.S. in the Fall. The deadline is June 1, 2012. 

The founder of 180 Medical, Todd Brown, has had his share of the difficulties that disabilities present. When he was paralyzed from the chest down, one of Brown's biggest challenges was the near-constant UTIs. His victory resides in not only being able to eliminate most infections and live a healthier life, but in creating a company that provides people like him with the same options. This scholarship takes that goal even further. With this scholarship, those optimistic students that prove they are dedicated to furthering their education and enthusiastic about making a positive impact on the world can be given a reward that will help them to achieve their dreams.

Visit for application instructions and up-to-date scholarship information.