The summer is coming to a close. I just completed my final week in the lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago! A huge thank you to Dr. Fei Song, Dr. Richard Liu and Dr. Jeff Loeb for being such wonderful and supportive research advisors this summer. I learned quite a bit about various lab techniques and the microglia in the spinal cords of the SOD1 ALS mouse model.
I am really looking forward to moving back to Drake University later this week. Because it is the fall semester, I will once again be able to speak to First Year Seminars about ALS, my mission to end the disease and how students can get involved. This is always something I truly enjoy doing because I get to share my passion with new members of my university community. I will start meeting with FYS professors during the first week of classes to see if I can speak to their students this semester.
One of the highlights of this semester will be the Des Moines Walk to Defeat ALS on October 8th. I am extremely excited to bring my roommates to their first ALS event. I hope the guys of Phi Delta Theta – Iowa Delta attend the walk again this year. I enjoyed hanging out with them at last year’s walk. I cannot believe this will be my fourth Des Moines Walk to Defeat ALS and my 10th walk overall! 10! Incredible. I still remember my very first walk back in 2011. I have met so many wonderful people and created countless memories at past ALS walks. I am looking forward to creating some more this October.
By the way, take a peek at this picture from the Chicago ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014. Can you believe it has already been two years? Time sure flies!