At the age of 4, tragedy struck our family. Her father died of a severe asthma attack. To see her go thru the ups and downs of missing her daddy was heartbreaking. She's a resilient kid and was able to go on.
When she was 9 she started having "weird episodes" that progressively got worse. Not knowing what was wrong with her I took her into ER. She was diagnosed with epilepsy. She was having up to 15 partial seizures a day. It got so bad she was almost held back from 3rd grade. Too many seizures were making it difficult for her to learn. With extra help and support from her teacher she was able pass. Since then she has always had to work extra hard to keep her grades up. She takes it upon herself to constantly be in contact with teachers and to get extra tutoring if she needs it.
She started training in taekwondo and fight club as a teenager. We soon had yet another scare when she had her first asthma attack. The fear of dying like her dad was a lot for her to deal with. Despite her fears and anxiety she continued training. She eventually earned her black belt. She trained very hard and also had a few fighting matches. Her asthma is very controlled as she maintains in great physical condition. Now with this winter season though her asthma has been exacerbated but medication helps to control it.
She makes sure her schoolwork and homework are done and turned in on time. She completes extra credit whenever possible. She is striving to earn a scholarship to attend college. Since she started high school she has been saving her coins to help with her tuition. She has filled up Starbucks jars with coins and rolled change herself. She got a part time job to help out with her expenses and to save for college. She is now a senior in high school and has been accepted to attend ASU with a partial academic scholarship. This scholarship although it will help is not nearly enough to cover the 4 years at ASU where she will be earning her BS in kinesiology. The program at ASU is roughly 12,000 per year. Then she hopes to attend AT Still University for an additional 6 years to become an orthodontist. Tuition for this is close to $100,000 a year. I am hoping that if you are reading this you will find it in your heart to help us out. Anything truly does help. As Priscilla has learned from collecting change, every penny counts. I know she will do great things once she reaches her goal. She has a kind heart and wants to help her community by providing dental work for low income families.
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