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Spina Bifida Won't Stop Frank's Goals to Become a Phys Ed Teacher

by Jessica November 3 2017 13:53


Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. Our scholarship program was first established by 180 Medical's founder, Todd Brown, and since that time five years ago, we have worked hard to maintain his vision by being diligent and careful as we read through all the many inspiring essays and applications sent in each year. It's never easy to narrow it down to just seven finalists, but we're positive this year's scholarship awards are awarded to some amazing students who are ready to make their mark on the world.

Last month, we introduced the first of our 2017 recipients, Megha. This week, meet Frank! 

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Growing Up With Spina Bifida

Frank has had a lot of battles to fight since the day he was born with Spina Bifida. From the moment he arrived in the world, he needed immediate surgery on the sac on his back and the exposed muscles and nerves of his spine, but Frank says his mother has been there for him every step of the way as a big motivator.

"My mom worked hard to help my disability become a way of life and not a big deal." She was even the reason he originally got involved in his true passion: Shotokan Karate back in 2007.

Finding a Passion for Martial Arts

The karate instructor speaks incredibly highly of Frank in regards to his extraordinary character and his "overwhelming desire to learn and expand his knowledge by participating in any extracurricular events, such as clinics or tournaments that may aid in his growth as both an individual and a Martial Artist."

Every day, whether at school or practicing karate, he shows a passion and spirit that not many can match, and because of his dedication to his practice, Frank is now a black belt and still practices this form of martial arts at least four times a week. He says that it is a huge part of why he felt he was able to grow stronger and become self-disciplined. 

One of his favorite things to do is volunteer to mentor younger students where he practices karate. His extraordinary kindness, willingness to listen, and patience what really stand out about Frank to the children he teaches who may have special needs or disabilities. According to his karate instructor, "Frank is loved and respected by all of the students and parents with whom he comes into contact, likely because he gives all of himself to assisting his classmates and has a true passion for whatever goals he pursues." 

frank karate spina bifidaNeedless to say, we here at 180 Medical are truly impressed by Frank's dedication. He's a student that represents so many aspects of the characteristics our company aspires to achieve every day in what we do through his compassion, integrity, and his willingness to serve others. 

Turning a Passion into a Career

In fact, that is a big part of Frank's ultimate career goal, which he is working toward now at Kingsborough Community College. He is working toward becoming a Physical Education teacher for the Department of Education, and he wants to work with children with Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other physical challenges that keep them from being able to attend regular gym class in school. 

Frank says, "I love being a role model to younger students. It makes me feel good, and I believe teaching will give me the same satisfaction."

Frank, everyone at 180 Medical is rooting for you to keep moving forward toward achieving your goals. We know that thanks to your dedication and kindness, you will surely positively affect other children by showing them that sports and physical activities don't have to be off limits just because of a disability or a physical challenge. Good luck in your first semester of school! 

About the 180 Medical Scholarship

We hope you enjoy reading a little bit about each of this year's scholarship recipients throughout the coming months as we feature them on our blog and our social media accounts. Feel free to check out past year's recipients on our blog. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on this and many more fun company events, educational topics, awareness, careers at 180 Medical, and more! 

180 Medical is honored to be able to offer a scholarship program each year to help students living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. College costs are a lot to manage on their own, but we know there are often extra financial burdens on aspiring students who live with these medical conditions, so that's why 180 Medical created this program.

Find out more details at our Scholarship page, and watch for coming announcements about the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship later this year.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.