Changing the World for the Better

Scholarship Entrant: Micaela from Allendale, Michigan
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Micaela: 95

This summer I did something that would change my life forever, I attended MDA summer camp, so for those of you who don’t know what MDA is it stands for the (Muscular Dystrophy Association). We were responsible for one camper during the whole week and there were over one hundred campers we had to turn in our phones and keys, this was the first time I had ever done something like this so everything was new to me. I went there hoping to change some child’s life, but I soon realized that they were the one’s changing mine. To make a long story short one night we were in the cabin and one of the campers couldn’t sleep so I went to sit with her until she fell asleep, during this time she was telling me a little bit about herself and her disease, she told me she had SMA. “Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited diseases that cause muscle damage and weakness, which get worse over time and eventually lead to death”. The only part of her body that she can willing move are her arms, and during the time we were talking she told me that her life expectancy was fifteen but that it was okay because she was only nine and she still had time to make a difference, after crying I realized that I had to help in some way. That’s when I decided that I wanted to be a pediatrician to kids who have MD. So to answer your question, if I could get paid to do anything I would want to find a cure for SMA/MDA. Another big goal of mine would be to make the equipment and the medicine that families have to buy for their children free. I feel as if its hard enough to know your child has a death sentence, let alone know that you owe hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another thing I would do is build more camps around America so kids who don’t live in Michigan or Ohio have the chance to go and feel like a normal kid for a week, and just to feel and know that no ones cares that they are in a wheelchair, but to be with people who are willing to look past this. I know these are both big goals but I think if I could accomplish these three things it would change the world, and I am willing to search until my last day to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

Vote for Micaela: 95

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