I am so excited to share some new things going on with my ALS work! 2016 is already turning out to be an exciting year. I was recently nominated for the Eduzine Global ACE Young Achiever Award for my work to end ALS. I was one out of 50 nominees and after a few rounds of public voting, I was named the first runner up for the award. I was very honored. Thank you to everyone for the support and votes these past few weeks. It means a lot!
I spent some time volunteering with the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter during my January term. It was wonderful to meet the new members of the chapter staff. I spent my time filling envelopes with thank you letters to people who have donated to the chapter. It is a very important job. Thank you to all who donated!
I had the opportunity to attend an ALS support group at the North Riverside Public Library last weekend. We had a huge turnout and I met some new pALS and their families! I live tweeted our discussion so that people who were not in attendance could stay up to date. Some of the topics that we touched on during the meeting included customized leg braces and the outrageous amount of time it takes to be diagnosed with this horrible disease.
I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for my journey to a cure! I know I will be meeting so many wonderful people and learning new material to prepare me for my graduate studies. I will be finishing off my junior year at Drake this spring. One of the courses I am really looking forward to this semester is neurophysiology. Maybe I will be able to connect some of the class material to my ALS work. Very excited!