Meeting Sara!!

A couple of days ago, I met with the Sara of Sara Spins, the organization that has done so much to help me fundraise for a service dog!

Thanks to her and many others, I’m now only $2700 away from meeting my fundraising goal!!!

Sara was in her teens when she was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). When she began to attend the hilly and inaccessible University of Cincinnati, she and her friends started Sara Spins to fundraise for a badly-needed motorized wheelchair. But Sara didn’t stop there. She helped many other UC students get the assistive technology they needed to succeed as college students, raising well over $25,000. Her organization, banded with a few others on campus, was responsible for getting the campus shuttles retrofitted to handle wheelchairs.

And once again, Sara didn’t stop. She’s currently working on her graduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Bordeaux in France. She’s researching the many ways in which POTS and other conditions affect the very neurologic chemistry of the body — or vice versa. She remotely manages with her organization, which has now helped university students with disabilities obtain needed technology for 7 productive years. It’s not a huge group, but the people who help have enormous hearts. And that makes a hella difference.

Bordeaux is a long way from the United States Midwest, so when it turned out Sara and I were both going to be in the same city at the same time, I was thrilled! It took a bit of effort, but we found ourselves with enormous cups of water and crackers around my kitchen table a couple days ago. I felt like I’d met a friend the second she walked through the door. Sara is just that type of person.

I feel so fortunate to have gotten to meet Sara and talk to another graduate student about what studying with chronic illness is like! And I feel so overwhelmed and amazed at the work that she and her organization have done and still continue to do to help students like me be able to continue studying


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