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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. 

 

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 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.