Since we announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, and Ian.
Today, we are proud to introduce you to another amazing recipient, Chelsea.
180 Medical Scholarship Winner Chelsea's StoryBy all accounts, Chelsea Holiday was a healthy and active child. But more and more, she began to have difficulty with running, playing, and keeping up with her friends. Soon, even walking became a struggle.
Her family took her to see multiple doctors, and finally an MRI revealed that she had a tumor growing at the end of her spine, a form of Spina Bifida, and a tethered spinal cord.
Despite a lengthy surgery to remove the tumor, she was told there was a chance that nerves were damaged, walking would still be difficult, and it could even grow back. But Chelsea's spirit was undaunted -- she was ready to get back to getting active and playing sports again.
As she grew older, her feet and legs didn't grow at the same rate, leaving her foot turned in and one calf muscle smaller than the other.
She went through more surgeries to help correct it and continued with physical therapy, but she didn't let these setbacks stop her from pursuing the things she was passionate about.
She says, "I believe that I can do anything as well as anyone else...I am a fighter, and whether I step onto a court, field, or classroom, I can achieve all of my goals."
Throughout high school, Chelsea has stayed active with sports and was even a varsity starter player and captain in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was also a member of DECA and Latin Club, and she has given back to her community by helping special needs children, tutoring, and mentoring. During her senior year, she was on the academic honor roll and has won various awards for leadership and character. She has also recently been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article entitled "Physical Adversity Didn't Stop 3-Sport Athlete."
This fall, Chelsea begins her Freshman year at Ithaca College and plans to pursue a career by majoring in Marketing.
We here at 180 Medical are excited to contribute to Chelsea's dreams, and we're sure her unstoppable spirit will continue to awe and inspire others.
180 Medical College Scholarship Program180 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 www.180medical.com/Scholarships.
About 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.