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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.

 

Megha's Experience with Spina Bifida Influences Her Future Goals

by Jessica October 11 2017 05:50
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On August 1st, we officially announced the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. Since 2012, when our scholarship program was first established by our founder, Todd Brown, we have been diligent in taking care and time to read through all of the amazing essays sent in by our applicants. As always, it was difficult for our Scholarship Committee to narrow it down to just seven people in the end, as there are so many inspiring students ready to make their impact on the world, but we are so proud to be able to offer this well-deserved scholarship award to the finalists.

Today, meet Megha, the first of our 2017 recipients to be featured on our blog!

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Megha was born with Spina Bifida, which is one of the most common neural tube defects at birth. According to the CDC, about 1,500 babies are born each year with spina bifida. Spina Bifida doesn't present exactly the same conditions in every single person, depending upon the severity. In Megha's case, she was undiagnosed for nearly a year and a half before her parents found out that she had Spina Bifida. Because of their great love for their daughter, they left everything they had ever known in India after her diagnosis and immigrated to the United States to get the best medical care for Megha.
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Despite having a condition that requires her to use crutches and ankle-foot orthotics, Megha says that her parents kept their expectations high for her in every aspect. Through their guidance and her experiences at school, she came to a realization that "the only obstacles that really mattered were the obstacles I created in my mind." Even with 3 major surgeries that kept her out of school for months each time, she never let it hold her back from her biggest goal: working toward a career in medicine. 

A huge influence on Megha's life and her decision to pursue a career as a doctor was her Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon. "I was always amazed how he had the ability to give children a much better quality of life," Megha says. That combined with his clear dedication to perfection in surgery as well as the way he treated her really contributed to narrowing down her career choice.

As she works toward that goal, majoring in Biology with focus on pre-med, she keeps a set of clear goals for herself to meet before finally graduating and moving on to medical school. She also wants to join the Peace Corps, because she has a dream to help other young children living with disabilities in other countries.

megha graduates 2017 spina bifida scholarshipMegha's drive to succeed is truly impressive, but we're especially moved by her dedication to use her career and her experiences to help and heal others.

Good luck in your first semester of school at the University of Virginia, Megha! We're excited to see how you will positively impact the world in the future!

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.

Did you know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month?

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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.

 

2017 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients Are Announced

by Jessica August 3 2017 06:01
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180 Medical, one of America's leading providers of intermittent catheters and ostomy supplies, is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the annual 180 Medical College Scholarship. 
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When 180 Medical's founder, Todd Brown, created the scholarship program, it was his hope to be able to help students and their families offset the costs of higher education in order to achieve their dreams despite the financial burden that their health conditions might create for them. 

This program provides seven recipients with $1,000 scholarship awards each year in order to help them finance their college education. Each student chosen must be a full-time student under a doctor's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or an ostomy (ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy). Those interested can learn more about the scholarship program at www.180medical.com/scholarships.


"Every year, we are always inspired by all of the awesome applicants and their stories," says Mark Jassey, COO of 180 Medical. "It's really an honor to have this scholarship program and contribute to these students' dreams to go forward in the world and help others."


In 2017, 180 Medical received applications from hopeful students all over the United States, and as always, it was a difficult choice for the committee to begin narrowing down to the final seven recipients. This year's finalists have very different backgrounds and their career goals range from graphic designer to medical doctor, but one thing they all have in common in the desire to positively impact others' lives.

Here are this year's scholarship recipients:


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180 Medical would like to thank everyone who applied. Every student who sent in their application were well-qualified and dedicated to their goals. Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipients. To those who did not receive an award this year, they are encouraged to watch for the announcement for the 2018 scholarship awards and apply again in the future.

About 180 Medical: 180 Medical is one of America's fastest growing home delivery providers of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and other related urological disposable medical supplies. Based in Oklahoma City, the company is dedicated to meeting the supply needs of customers with diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, and many other conditions that require catheterization and ostomy supplies. 180 Medical is a subsidiary of ConvaTec, a leading global medical products and technologies company. For more information, take a look at our website at www.180medical.com.

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 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. 

 

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.
 

2013 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients

by Jessica August 28 2013 15:22
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 goals.

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Julia 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.

Despite her 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.




christian migliarese 180 medical 2013 scholarship winnerChristian 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.

An 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 180 medical 2013 scholarship winnerAdam 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 life-threatening reaction.

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.



hannah saucier 180 medical 2013 scholarship winnerWhen Hannah 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.



 zachary vasseur 180 medical 2013 scholarship winnerZachary 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 national level.

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 autumn.


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 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 fun, caring company.

   

180 Medical Awards Scholarship to Students

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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 www.180medical.com/scholarships for application instructions and up-to-date scholarship information.