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Grant's Spinal Cord Injury Won't Stop His Dreams

by Jessica June 20 2018 05:38
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Every year since our founder, Todd Brown, instated our annual scholarship program, we've heard so many amazing and inspiring stories from talented and determined students of all ages who are ready to achieve their dreams through higher education and take on the world!

June 1st was the cut-off date for taking applications for the 2018 school year, and in the last few months, we've received a whole new batch of applications from a wide variety of hopeful students, all aiming for their chance to earn one of the seven available 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship awards.

We always look forward to this time of year, and we're excited to begin our judging process soon.

For now, however, we'd love for you to get to know our scholarship recipients of 2017. You can find out more about each one of them and their goals in college, including MeghaFrankChelseaJosephElizabeth, and Heidi.

Last but not least, we're excited to introduce you to the final recipient of 2017. Meet Grant! 


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Achieving Goals Despite Challenges

When Grant was injured 4 years ago at just 15 years old, it's possible that his life might have taken an entirely different direction if he had allowed himself to give up.

However, he worked hard to make it through rehabilitation therapy in just 3 months, despite his severe injury as a new C-6/7/8 quadriplegic. He came home from rehab at the end of the summer and went right back to school in September.

Grant was determined to continue to pursue his educational goals, no matter what new struggles he faced with his new disability. 

In fact, he didn't let his injury stop him from still attending almost every basketball game with his team, and he made sure to cheer his teammates on with a positive spirit.

During his time in high school, he received the Booster Club Senior Athlete of the Year award, as well as the Academic Excellence Award from his current college, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU), for his outstanding GPA and his ACT score.


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Grant works hard in regular physical therapy to build and maintain his strength, despite his spinal cord injury.


Growing & Gaining Ground

adaptive driving for sci grantGrant's primary focus is continuing to work his way through college as a Business major while continuing his physical and occupational therapy. On top of working toward a degree, he has other passions and hobbies that keep him busy, including running his personal YouTube channel, gaming, and even writing a book about his life experiences. 

He recently acquired an adaptive vehicle and got his driver's license, stays active in his local church, and attends a monthly meeting for business owners, entrepreneurs, and creators. He hopes to continue learning from others' experiences in business and use this in his own goals.

Grant has shown true willpower and determination to achieve his dreams and better himself at every opportunity, and we here at 180 Medical wish him all the best in his future endeavors!


About the 180 Medical Scholarship

A college education can be difficult to afford for many students and their families, especially those who are living with conditions like spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, and/or an ostomy (ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy). That's why 180 Medical established a scholarship program to help students who are determined to achieve their goals, despite their condition.

We have stopped taking applications for the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship as of June 1st. However, you can find full information, including eligibility requirements, at www.180medical.com/scholarships. You can also keep an eye on our social media pages for our official announcement of the seven recipients for 2018 on August 1st!


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jessica 180 medical blog authorAbout the Author:

Jessica is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator, & she has been with 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. To her, the best part of working at 180 Medical is the opportunity to truly make a difference in peoples' lives. In her downtime, she enjoys creative writing, seeing new places, & spending time with her loved ones & her dogs. 

Joseph Defied the Odds After His SCI to Walk Again

by Jessica January 24 2018 06:17
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Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. All of this year's recipients are so inspiring, and we're excited to let you know more about these bright students and their career goals.

Previously, we've introduced you to three of our seven recipients: MeghaFrank, and Chelsea. Today, get to know Joseph! 


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"Your Son Will Never Walk Again."

For Joseph Stokes, life has been all about sports and physical activity since as early as he can remember. He started playing t-ball at age four, and soon after that, he got into baseball and football. By high school, he was playing as a wide receiver. 

stokes and football teamJoseph was a regular fixture at every game, and he never missed a chance to be on the playing field. In the meantime, he worked hard to maintain his grades in the hope that one day he would play for a college football team when he graduated in 2017. 

But in November of 2015, Joseph's life changed forever when he was involved in a car accident on the way to school that resulted in an incomplete T-12 spinal cord injury.

He was rushed into surgery as soon as possible, during which two rods and eight screws were placed in his back. After the surgery, the doctors came out to let his parents know that the surgery was a success, but that Joseph would never walk again. 


A Special Visitor Helps to Inspire

When Joseph finally woke up, hearing his prognosis made him feel like the world was crumbling around him. He was discouraged, and it was hard seeing his loved ones so upset and concerned for him. Still, his friends, family, teammates, and his pastor often came by for visits, even after Joseph moved to the Shepherd Center to start his rehabilitation.

It was incredibly encouraging to know that his entire community had committed to support him and his family, even though he knew that there was a long, hard struggle ahead of him. 

Then one day, a spinal cord-injured motivational speaker named Bobby Ryals came to visit Joseph. As Bobby talked with him and demonstrated all he could still do while in a wheelchair, Joseph sat and listened. He watched as Bobby demonstrated the things he could still do in a wheelchair, and he began to grow more and more encouraged.

He began to feel like there was still a plan for him, and that's when he began to pray for a new path in life.


Turning Adversity into Achievement

Back when he first arrived at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, he was brought in while lying flat on his back on a stretcher. The many weeks of rehab were a struggle, but he maintained his faith and worked hard.

Although he still had to use a wheelchair occasionally, by the time he left the rehabilitation center to go home, he walked out with a cane.


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Although he didn't stop going to games to support his teammates, it was an incredibly hard change to be off the field and on the sidelines rather than being in the middle of the action as a wide receiver. Joseph said, "My dreams were shattered...but I knew God had other plans for me."

He decided he wanted to do everything he could to help others, so he began doing volunteer work with various organizations in and outside of his community. Today, he continues to volunteer, and he has also become a peer mentor to others with spinal cord injuries. 

Since then, he has chosen a career path toward Exercise Physiology. Eventually, he hopes to work with Paralympic athletes.

Joseph, we're inspired by your courage and determination, and we wish you all the best on your journey through college.

About the 180 Medical Scholarship

College isn't always easy to afford, and we know that there can often be extra financial hardship heaped on students who live with conditions like spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), transverse myelitis, and neurogenic bladder. That's why 180 Medical established a scholarship program to help those aspiring students work toward achieving their dreams.

We're accepting applications for the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship Program now through June 1, 2018! Download an application and get full information at www.180medical.com/scholarships.

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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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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 Marina

by Jessica December 22 2016 12:38
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, TiffanySpencerMaria, and Nicole. Today, meet the last of our 2016 recipients, Marina!

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Marina is no stranger to a challenge. She was born with a host of medical issues, including a neurogenic bladder and a chronic illness, and when she wasn't at the hospital or at home dealing with the setbacks of her condition, she also had to deal with some discrimination in school. But through it all, she has maintained a level of positive thinking and inner strength that is truly inspiring. She states, "I decided at a very early age that I would not let this setback define who I was, but rather who I will become."

In addition to working hard to keep a high GPA and maintaining her status on the Honor Roll, she also participates in extreme snowboarding, kickboxing, running, and volunteering however she can in her community. She is also always open to helping out a peer or another adolescent with advice and support before and after their surgeries. 

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Thanks to her experience, both of living with her conditions and in helping others, she feels she has discovered her core characteristics and her true ambitions -- to become a nurse. "In addition to a solid education, experience goes a long way towards creating our best and most compassionate nurses," Marina says, and we're sure that her experiences will lead her to be a truly great nurse! 

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 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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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 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.

September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Learn more:
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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 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.

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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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.

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Danielle

by Jessica August 28 2014 16:09
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On August 1st, 2014, we revealed all of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients. And as our winners begin their classes this fall semester, we will continue highlight individual winners on our blog. Last week, we featured Nichole Sheridan. This week, we are happy to turn the spotlight to another well-deserving recipient, Danielle Watson.


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Danielle has always loved being active, and not even the accident that changed her life could change her drive to succeed. In the summer of 2011, she fell 300 feet in a rock-climbing accident, breaking her back at and leaving her paralyzed at T6.
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Despite the long rehabilitation process in the hospital and multiple surgeries that followed this grueling ordeal, when her surgeon told her that she had "survived the unsurvivable," she decided to honor every moment. The realization that she was still alive helped her to keep her outlook positive, even through the hard process of adapting to life in a wheelchair.

Since that time, she has gone back to school, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and an Honors student standing. She currently volunteers at Volunteers in Medicine and Oregon Adaptive Sports, and she also travels for inspirational speaking engagements. She stays active with many hobbies, including mono-skiing with Oregon Adaptive Sports, mountain biking and ski camps at Adaptive Sports Center, art, and she has also completed 3 half-marathons, one marathon, and a triathlon.

Danielle is attending the University of Puget Sound this fall to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and is really excited to have an opportunity to help others in her future job. She really demonstrates an unbreakable spirit and a drive to keep staying active, no matter the circumstance, and we're glad to play a part in helping her to achieve her dreams.

Our scholarship program was created 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.


180 medical jessAbout 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.
 

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.



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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

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. 
     

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

by kier January 20 2012 12:42
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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.