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2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Nicole

by Jessica December 9 2016 19:53
Earlier in the year, we were finally able to announce the names of this year's 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients after much deliberation. It was difficult to narrow it down to only seven recipients, because 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, TiffanySpencer, and Maria. This week, meet Nicole!

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Nicole is an inspiring young woman who has been through many surgeries and hospital stays due to complication with a rare disease known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Despite all of this, focusing on her education was her top priority. Although she felt that her condition and the outcome of various surgeries were out of her control, her grades and her drive to succeed were both something she could absolutely control.

Thanks to ileostomy surgery, she is living a happy, healthy life again. Not only is she dedicated to helping others, she offers support and enjoys educating others about living with an ostomy on her own YouTube channel. She also loves to spend time volunteering as a counselor and nurse aid at Youth Rally, which is a great camp for kids and adolescents who have conditions of the bowel and/or bladder that offers motivational and education sessions and opportunities. She has also mentored young girls as a counselor at GIRLS Academy. Now, her focus continues with her schooling as she works toward earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. 
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Because of her first-hand experiences with illness, surgeries, and recovery, as well as her involvement in offering advice and support to others living with an ostomy, we're sure that Nicole will be an excellent nurse, and we wish her the best of luck as she continues on with her schooling. 

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

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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. 

 

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. 

 

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Spencer

by Jessica October 27 2016 10:07
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, and Tiffany. This week, meet Spencer!

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spencer wheelchair basketballSpencer was born with Spina Bifida, but he feels that his parents helped him from the beginning to see his own potential. They kept him signed up for sports where he played along side able-bodied children, and then later he found an even greater joy in wheelchair basketball.

"Wheelchair basketball began to open doors for me that I never thought possible," Spencer says. "I could compete like I always wanted to, [and] I had friends who were just as determined as I was to succeed despite limitations."

After his freshman year of college, Spencer served as a full-time missionary for two years and then returned to school to continue his sophomore year. While he focuses hard on maintaining his high GPA, he also makes time to hold a leadership position at his local church group on campus and is also proud to be a member of the University of Illinois men's wheelchair basketball team. 

As of this fall semester, Spencer is in his junior year of college, pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology. He has an optimistic, determined spirit, and we wish Spencer all the best as he continues to work toward his goals in life. 

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

Did you know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more:

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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. 

 

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Tiffany

by Jessica October 5 2016 10:48
Earlier this summer, we were proud to be able to announce the names of each of our 2016 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 honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

Throughout the following months, 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 Macy and Jared. This week, meet Tiffany!

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Tiffany was born with Spina Bifida, and she is no stranger to questions about her disability. But her answer is always the same: "I was born with a disability for a purpose." Tiffany feels that, despite the odds, she was given this challenge in life to help her learn and grow to be a better person. tiffany m with familyWhile it made growing up difficult at times, and she has been through multiple surgeries, which are never easy, Tiffany has maintained a sense of optimism and determination that defies the odds. 

"I never quit trying something new," Tiffany says. "I hope to be an inspiration to a young girl who wishes she could dance but thinks she cannot or a young boy who wants to play football but thinks he will never be able to."

As of the beginning of the fall semester, Tiffany has begun her first semester of college at the University of North Alabama and is planning on a major in Exercise Science. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy, so that she can help children with their disabilities as well as hoping to keep them optimistic too. 

We are sure that Tiffany will continue her impressive forward momentum in life and positively affect others' lives with her story and her future career. 

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

Did you know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more:

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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. 

 

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Jared

by Jessica September 20 2016 20:58
Earlier this summer, we were proud to be able to announce the names of each of our 2016 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 honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

Throughout the following months, 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 Macy. This week, we are happy to feature Jared Grier, the second of our seven scholarship winners.

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When Jared was just 19, he anticipated there might be many transitions in the course of life ahead, but one day brought a life-alteringjared and his frat brothers 180 medical college scholarship winner change he could have never expected after finishing up his first year of college. During a fun outing with friends at a local park, he climbed a tree, just as he had many times before, but when he tried to get down, he fell and landed on his neck, fracturing his C6 vertebrae and rendering him quadriplegic. Since that time, he has gone through some very difficult challenges such as multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, and continuing therapy. Once he was home, he says he "made it [his] goal to return to campus as fast as possible." 

His fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, has been a huge part of his life since entering college, and his brothers joined together with him to create a fundraising campaign, called the Grierstrong Movement, which was originally made to garner support for Jared by the organizations on his college campus. Now, Grierstrong continues to grow with aims to bring awareness to the community about spinal cord injuries and the impact they can have on people's lives.

As of the beginning of the fall semester, Jared is continuing forward with his education, unwilling to give up on his goals at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he plans to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.

We are truly impressed by Jared's commitment to continue forward and turn a potentially devastating injury into a direction that helps positively impact others' lives. You can learn more about the Grierstrong Movement at grierstrong.com.

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

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? Learn more:
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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. 

 

2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Macy

by Jessica September 8 2016 08:04
Earlier this summer, we were proud to be able to announce the names of each of our 2016 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 honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals. 

Throughout the following months, we will be featuring each recipient on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter so you can get notified every time we publish a new blog. This week, we are happy to feature Macy Huff, the first of our seven scholarship winners.

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Macy's life changed unexpectedly and dramatically when she sustained a spinal cord injury when she was only 15 years old during a tumbling/cheer-leading accident, which left her paralyzed without the use of her arms and legs. There were many new challenges that she has faced and overcome as a C5-6 quadriplegic, and she feels that it changed her life in more ways than that. During her time in rehab at Riley Children's Hospital, she encountered some very helpful and encouraging Child Life Therapists that had a big impact on her life.

macy cheerleading senior pic"They taught me how to advocate for myself, make physical adaptations, and approach learning in a different way," Macy says. "I hope to one day pay it forward and assist others who find themselves in a similar situation as I found myself in April of 2013."

As of the beginning of the fall semester, Macy has started on her undergraduate studies at Franklin College with a major in Education, which she hopes to use to either become a Child Life Therapist or a Special Education Teacher, so that she can positively impact others' lives too, just as the therapists, teachers, and assistants who she has met since her accident have impacted her life. And not only will she be carrying a full-time college class load, she is also elated to have been invited to cheer with the Franklin College cheer squad. 

Outside of school, Macy has devoted her time to volunteering at her local food pantry, coaching cheer, participating in Student Council, Key Club, and Best Buddies (a peer mentoring program for students with disabilities). 

Macy's commitment to never give up, despite the odds, is truly inspiring, and we're sure she will find success in her future endeavors. 

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

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? Learn more:

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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. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Kanbi

by Jessica January 25 2016 18:50
Last fall, we announced our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. As the 2016 application period is open now, we will continue to feature the last few of our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Previously, we have featured Mallory, Mary Beth, Erin, William, Emily, and Greg. Today, meet Kanbi.

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Kanbi is a Junior attending South Dakota State University and working toward a degree in Psychology & Human Development. Since birth, she has had spina bifida. The doctors told her parents she was too disabled to expect to survive, but she fought hard and survived her first major surgery. And all the surgeries after that, many of which were during her first few years of life. Since then, she has continued to fight through recovery of more than 40 surgeries in her life so far, and through it all, she maintained her schoolwork as well as remained active in various clubs and leadership positions in her junior high and high school years.

That hard work has also paid off in college, and she hopes to become a certified child life specialist, which is a person who works to help children and their families cope with illlness, disability, and other aspects related to hospitalization. She has maintained the honor of being on the Dean's List for all four of her semesters as a Freshman and Sophomore at college, and she was also named to serve on the Brookings Human Rights Committee as a student representative. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Psi Chi, and Phi Upsilon Omicron.

Given Kanbi's experience herself in being a child that dealt with multiple hospitalizations in her life, as well as her passion to serve her community and work hard, we're sure that she will be wonderful as a child life specialist in the future.

180 Medical is a nationally-accredited provider of sterile-use intermittent catheters and ostomy supplies, and we're proud to be considered the first choice for many of the top healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and doctors' offices across the nation because of our product knowledge, top-notch service, and our dedication to customer care. We are 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 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. 

The 2016 Scholarship application period began as of January 1st and will run until June 1st of this year. Applications are now available to download. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.

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180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Gregory

by Jessica January 14 2016 14:52
Last fall, we announced our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. As the 2016 application period is open now, we will continue to feature the last few of our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Previously, we have featured Mallory, Mary Beth, Erin, William, and Emily. Today, meet Greg!

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Greg has maintained the honor of being on the Dean's List while attending Quinnipiac University. This is his senior year and expects to earn his Finance degree this coming May. When he was just 11 years old, he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis after a harrowing few days of numbness leading to paralysis in the ICU. "Every day was a constant battle," Greg says. After nearly a month, he was finally able to breathe on his own again, but then he faced months of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He continued with his studies as best he could and still managed to maintain high grades in all his courses. Little by little, he began to gain some sensation back in his legs, and now, after much hard work and determination to stay as fit as possible, he now is able to walk for forearm crutches the majority of the time. 

Despite a large coursework load and the physical obstacles in his path, Greg has maintained an impressive work and internship record, as well as staying active in the Qunnipiac Investment Club as Vice President. He continues to help others as a part of the Christopher Reeve Peer Mentorship Program as well.  

There's no question that Greg is working hard on a steady path to success, and we're happy to be able to contribute in part to his future. 

We are 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 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. 

The 2016 Scholarship application period began as of January 1st and will run until June 1st of this year. Applications are now available to download. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Emily

by Jessica December 16 2015 12:01
Earlier this fall, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. As the fall semester progresses, we will continue to feature our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Previously, we've featured Mallory, Mary Beth, Erin, and William. Today, meet Emily!

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Emily has been accepted to Tennessee State University for graduate school in Occupational Therapy, after having earned her degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University. From birth, she has grown up with Spina Bifida. She had to go through multiple operations and missed over 65 days of school in her freshman year of high school, but was still able to maintain her high GPA. During her various encounters with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners, she found that she wanted to be able to encourage and help others too. Thus she set out on her educational journey to becoming an occupational therapist. 

Over the years, even with a heavy course-load, she made time to volunteer with various activities such as Auburn University's IMPACT opportunity, Boys and Girls Club, and the Tiger Tuesday REACH program, as well as off-campus volunteering with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, among others. 

Good luck on your path to becoming an Occupation Therapist, Emily! We're happy to be able to contribute to your future. 

We are 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 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.

The 2016 Scholarship application period will begin on January 1st, and applications are now available to download. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on William

by Jessica November 5 2015 12:17
As of a little over a month ago, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. As the fall semester progresses, we will continue to feature our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Previously, we've featured Mallory, Mary Beth, and Erin. This week, meet William!

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Will has been accepted to the University of Alabama for the fall of 2015 to begin his undergraduate studies. He is also excited to officially be a part of the university's wheelchair basketball team. Will was born with spina bifida, but he has always had a drive to participate in team sports. He also feels it's important to get plenty of exercise, especially with being in a wheelchair. He feels that he's learned many lessons from participating in wheelchair basketball through a local paralympic training facility, including perseverance and strength of character. It's also helped him form close bonds and make new friends. will k graduation pic

When he's not playing basketball, Will is very involved with his church, bible studies, and various student organizations such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and First Priority. He is also a 3-time named NWBA academic All-American. 

We're sure that he will have a successful time at the University of Alabama both on and off the court, and we're happy to be able to contribute in part to his first year of college. 

We are 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 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. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit We are 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 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. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Erin

by Jessica October 14 2015 12:22
As of August, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. We had a large and amazing group of applicants, so it was difficult to narrow down to our final seven recipients. We are honored to be a part of helping students achieve their dreams. As the fall semester progresses, we will continue to feature our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Previously, we've featured Mallory and Mary Beth. Today, meet Erin! 

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Erin has been accepted to Carnegie Mellon University and as of this fall, she is on her way to a Pre-Med degree so she can become a doctor someday. She has overcome adversity since birth, having undergone 18 surgeries and experienced all forms of physical tests, etc. But Erin took this more as a challenge to learn. She became fascinated with the medical terminology and procedures. "I treated visits to the hospital as an adventure," Erin says. "Instead of seeing tests and operations as something to dread, I occupied myself with learning the specifics of the procedure they were going to perform on me."
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She has worked hard to achieve such honors as a National Latin Exam Magna Cum Laude certificate, member of the National Honors Society, New England Journalism Award for Best News Article, placing 1st in state with Junior Engineering Technology Society (JETS), and more. She has also volunteered at various events and served as President of her high school's symphonic orchestra and Treasurer of the Art Team. 

It's inspiring to see such a promising young student like Erin as she gets the proper training to become a doctor at Carnegie Mellon University, and we're happy to be able to contribute in part to her dreams. 

We are 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 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. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Mary Beth

by Jessica October 7 2015 12:20
Earlier this month, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. We had a large and amazing group of applicants, so it was difficult to narrow down to our final seven recipients. We are honored to be a part of helping students achieve their dreams. As the fall semester progresses, we will continue to feature our individual scholarship recipients, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get notified when new blog posts are published. Last week, we featured Mallory. Today, we are featuring Mary Beth Davis. 

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Mary Beth is attending Oklahoma State University this fall and working towards becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she was involved in an injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down. She was told not only that she would never be able to walk again, but that she would have to change her career plans. "That kind of news is not easy for anyone to swallow," she says. Despite it all, she and her family remained steadfast in their faith, and Mary Beth continued to work hard to achieve her goals. 

mary beth graduateNot only has she done exceptionally well with her academics, she has also proven a dedication to helping others and her community, such as participating as a board member and volunteer of the INTEGRIS Patient and Family Advisory Council, helping out at animal rescues, and motivational speaking and nutritional/health advocacy. She is also a Reeve Foundation peer mentor as of 2015. She likes to keep active to, using the handcycle, FES bike, and EasyStand Evolve. She has also participated in the Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma pageant in 2014 and 2015, taking home the People's Choice award and the Professionalism award. 

As Mary Beth continues working toward her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian at OSU, and we are so happy to be able to contribute to her future. 

We are 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 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. To learn more about 180 Medical's annual scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical 2015 College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Mallory

by Jessica September 28 2015 08:27

Earlier this month, we announced all of our 2015 College Scholarship recipients. There were so many amazing applicants with inspiring stories and goals, and like every year, our scholarship committee had a really hard time narrowing down to the final 7 winners. We are honored to be able to help students achieve their dreams. 

Throughout the next few months, we will be featuring each individual winner on our blog, so stay in the loop and sign up for our newsletter to get notified when new posts are published. This week, we are happy to feature one of the recipients this year, Mallory Turner. 

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Mallory, a 22-year old student attending graduate school in Accounting, is an amazing person who proves a great dedication to her goals and achieving academic excellency. When she was only 16, she was injured in a car accident that left her quadriplegic. "To an independent, athletic, and outgoing 16 year old girl, it seemed like the end of the world," Mallory said, recalling the aftermath of the accident when she was told she would be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.

mallory turnerDespite the odds, she was determined to not let this new condition and way of life derail her dreams. Mallory wrote in her essay: "I wanted an even playing field; that way when I do succeed, it is on my own merit and not because I received preferential treatment." With a little ingenuity, she has learned to type using only her pinkies and utilizes various ways to make tools such as pens or makeup brushes easier to handle. She graduated at the top of her class in high school, maintaining a 4.03 GPA.  Although college was an entirely new challenge, she made it through all four years, and as of this fall, she is pursuing a Master of Business Administration. She is on the HSU Honor Roll, and is an active member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda Collegiate FBLA, and Psi Chi International Honor Society. She also enjoys assisting her church by functioning as the AWANA bookkeeper and the co-ed softball coach during the summers.

Mallory's commitment to her goals and her independence is really incredible, and we are happy to be able to contribute a piece toward her future. 

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 neurogenic bladder. We know paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand there can often be extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship, visit www.180medical.com/scholarships.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 6 years and currently works as Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Noah

by Jessica October 27 2014 11:05
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the Fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, Chelsea, and Kayla. Today, we're happy to let you meet another one of our well-deserving scholarship winners, Noah.

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180 Medical Scholarship Winner Noah's Goals and Achievements

Noah's drive and strength really impressed us all here at 180 Medical. While he was born with Spina Bifida, he refuses to let his condition define him. While he was growing up, he began to feel a need to interact with other kids who had similar issues and feelings while noah mussay sled hockeyremaining active. He actively began searching for the right activity that would give him a physical outlet and allow him to meet other kids with disabilities, and finally, he discovered a passion: sled hockey. Since he joined his local sled hockey team, the Chicago Hornets, he has grown into a role as a leader and a role model for the younger kids on the team, and he always makes sure to exhibit qualities like good sportsmanship and confidence. "It is important to me to show these young kids, as well as the able-bodied kids, that although we look different, we can still play the game seriously."

On top of playing sled hockey, Noah has also maintained excellent grades in school, leading him to graduate in the top ten percent of his senior class. He shows a sense of purpose and drive in all he does, and he knows that while he may face certain challenges in life that come with having Spina Bifida, he is learning more every day how to rely on himself. He often advocates for himself when needed, such as coordinating his own workout regimen with a physical therapist since his school did not offer an adaptive physical education program.

Noah has just begun his Freshman year at the University of Saint Francis and will be majoring in Mass Communications. It's exciting to see someone with such drive and determination move forward with his goals, and we are happy to be able to play a part in contributing to his future endeavors.

180 Medical College Scholarship

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition and what you can do to raise awareness here.

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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Elena

by Jessica October 23 2014 14:08
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring each one on our blog as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, Chelsea, Kayla, and Noah. Today, we'd love for you to meet the last of this year's inspiring recipients, Elena.

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180 Medical Scholarship Winner Elena's Story and Goals

Elena was born with Spina Bifida. From the time she was 3 months old, she began to undergo surgeries to repair her spine. Although the surgery was considered successful, to this day, she cannot feel her foot or much of her leg. Despite all this, Elena maintains a positive attitude and considers her condition her motivation. She states that she "aspire[s] to become an engineer in the biomedical or neurological field and to create technologies which will help those with a similar or worse condition than [her] own."

Elena has achieved much so far throughout high school. She was an active member of multiple clubs, as well as presided as Senior Class President and acted as a Student to Student Ambassador Leader and Mentor (Anti-Bullying Program), all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She was an AP Scholar with Honors and belonged to the National Honor Society, and she was honored with the 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Award, among many other achievements. 

We're sure Elena will go far in life, and it's so exciting to be able to contribute a piece to Elena and all of our bright, young scholarship winners' futures! 

180 Medical College Scholarship

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition and what you can do to raise awareness here.

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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Kayla

by Jessica October 23 2014 12:20
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, and Chelsea. Today, we are proud to introduce you to Kayla, one of our inspiring scholarship winners.



180 Medical College Scholarship Winner Kayla's Story & Goals

Kayla was born with Spina Bifida Occulta, where an extra bone in her back severed her spinal cord and damaged the nerve that ran to her left foot. At just three months old, she had surgery to correct her spine and foot - the first of many surgeries in her life.

Doctors said she would likely never be able to walk, and while she definitely had difficulties to face that other children did not, she still proved the doctors wrong. Kayla says, "I do not remember my first steps, [but] I know the spirit that I had - the spirit that says never, ever give up."

Throughout her life, she continues to work hard to defy the odds. In high school, she received numerous awards and honors, such as the Superintendent's Rigor Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She also stayed very busy with extracurricular activities, clubs, and community service, such as DECA, FBLA, Spanish Club, Beta Club, Prom Committee, and more. On top of that, she has stayed active with sports, including JV and Varsity basketball and JV softball. 

Kayla, who has just entered her Freshman year as a major in Public Policy at the University of Virginia, has kept a fiery spirit of determination and a positive outlook. We here at 180 Medical are awed by her story and her optimism, and we're excited to play a part in contributing to her bright future.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition today and find out ways to spread awareness.

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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Chelsea

by Jessica October 3 2014 13:30
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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.

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180 Medical Scholarship Winner Chelsea's Story

By all accounts, Chelsea Holiday seemed to be 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 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 chelsea holiday playing volleyballturned 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 Program

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Learn more about Spina Bifida here.

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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Ian

by Jessica September 23 2014 16:57
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After the announcement of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients on August 1st, 2014, we have been featuring our nine individual winners on our blog, and today, we'd love to introduce you to another well-deserving recipient, Ian Peterson.

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Seven years ago, just one month after his high school graduation during a fun summer outing at a lake, Ian took a dive into the water and tragically injured his spinal cord at C6-7, leaving him a quadriplegic. While this accident could've potentially had a negative affect on his life, he felt that the rehabilitation period helped him to learn more about himself. Over the course of much rehabilitation and therapy, he has been able to regain the use of his arms and hands, as well as some sensation in his core.

Prior to his accident, Ian wanted to pursue a career in medicine, already having had obtained his EMT certification. "I felt that since I am in a chair, I would be able to have a positive impact on people with spinal cord injuries and improve their quality of life," Ian says. He spoke with friends and mentors about his strengths, his weaknesses, and what career path he should take, and after careful thought, he decided to focus on a goal of becoming an administrator at either a long-term care facility, skilled nursing center, or rehabilitation hospital, and in this way he will still be able to "care for those who could not otherwise care for themselves without assistance."

While Ian has continued his therapy, ian peterson scholarship winnerhe has also stayed active with hand cycling, and he is also on the North Texas Cowboys Quad Rugby team. He married the love of his life in 2013, which was an exciting milestone. During this time, he has also maintained good scholarly standing on the Dean’s List, along with maintaining membership with the American College of Health Executives, Upcoming Student Professionals, and president of the UNTHSC MHA Association. As of January 2014, he has been working as an Administrator in Training at Green Valley Rehabilitation. Ian is attending graduate school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center this fall and plans to graduate in December of 2014. We're excited to play a part in assisting Ian with his goals in graduate school and to see how he will be able to help others in his future career.

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? Learn more here.
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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Garrett

by Jessica September 10 2014 10:53
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On August 1st, 2014, we announced our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients. We continue to shine the spotlight on our nine individual winners on our blog. So far, you have learned about Nichole and Danielle. Now, take a moment to meet another well-deserving winner, Garrett Bazany.

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When Garrett was only a 15-year-old teenage boy playing on a trampoline in the backyard, the unthinkable happened. He took a fall and broke his neck, leaving him an incomplete quadriplegic. Garrett states that while it was a difficult experience in which his faith was tested, he found a new way to look at his life. "With a lot of prayer, determination, a positive attitude, and support from friends and family, I learned that anything is possible."

Being an incomplete quadriplegic meant he might not ever be able to walk again. The odds may have been against him, but through hours of physical therapy and sheer determination, Garrett was able to walk with the aid of a walker across the stage at his high school graduation. His classmates weren't the only ones who were amazed -- his story even appeared on the local news and the Today Show. While he is not walking on his own just yet, he has a goal to keep breaking the limits.



Throughout high school, Garrett has maintained a high GPA (graduated high school with a 3.98 GPA) as a Distinguished Academic Leader and a member of the National Honor Society. He was voted by his Senior Class of high school as "Most Likely to Make an Impact." In his first year at Calvin College, he was awarded the American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship Grand Prize and the Dean's Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. During this time, he has stayed active in his community, volunteering at the Special Olympics and at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center, where he counseled and mentored other teen boys who were going through rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury. He also maintains an active lifestyle, participating in adaptive downhill snow skiing, adaptive water skiing, 180 medical scholarship winner garrett bazany skiingIntramural Dodge Ball, indoor rock wall climbing, and kayaking.

Garrett is now in his second year of attendance at Calvin College. He is majoring in Pre-Medicine, and his goal is to become a rehabilitation physician to help others faced with similar experiences to his own. "I will be in a unique position to really make an impact in the world of rehab and advocate for others with a disability, since I have firsthand experience on what it is like to live with paralysis," he says. We here at 180 Medical are excited to see what Garrett achieves and how he will touch others' lives with his positive attitude, his experience, and his future career.

180 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 http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? Learn more here.
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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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

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. Rather rapidly 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 www.shewillnotfall.com.

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. See the Transverse Myelitis Association for news, research, information, and ways to get involved.

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 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! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

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.