Amputee Coalition of America Announces Scholarship Recipient

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has announced Cady Tescher, 18, of Glendora, California, as the recipient of the $1,000 Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship. Cady will be honored at the Gala Dinner of the ACA 2010 National Conference in Irvine, California, on Saturday, August 28.

Based on her conviction that limb loss should not be a barrier to academic or professional success, Dr. Skoski established the scholarship through a generous $25,000 scholarship fund last year.

“On behalf of the Amputee Coalition, we are very pleased to announce Cady as the recipient of this prestigious award,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Not only has she excelled academically, but Cady is a remarkable young woman who has dedicated her life to helping others. She regularly visits children in the hospital who are facing amputation, and she serves as a role model for her peers. Cady embodies the definition of the Christina Skoski scholarship.”

An honors student who was born with a congenital limb difference that resulted in a below-knee amputation when she was just 8 months old, Cady has been a true leader during her high school years. She has been in a leadership position for the Glendora High School Associated Student Body, where she serves as executive vice president. As a 4-year member of the Pep Club, she is the organization’s commissioner. An active member of the Make a Difference Club, she has collected clothes for the homeless and has participated in many cancer walks. Cady has been a life member of the ACA since early childhood.

In the fall, she will be attending Azusa Pacific University to pursue a degree in teaching or child development.

“Once I am set in my career as a teacher or in children development, my main goal is to help all children, not just those with disabilities, and to enrich their lives by helping them achieve what they might think is impossible,” said Cady.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship Fund, call the ACA at 888/267-5669.

Resource: Amputee Coalition of America
Picture: Courtesy of the ACA
Monday, August 02, 2010