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
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.
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.
Migliarese was also
born with spina bifida, but his diagnosis does
not define his character.
When his older brother showed him a video of Anthony
Robles, a young man who was born with only 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical
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
fun, caring company.