Lindsay is a young woman who has exceeded all expectations.
From the beginning it was not easy for her. Suffering a stroke in the womb, Lindsay was born with cerebral palsy, which affects the motor skills in her left leg and arm. It also led to the total loss of eyesight in one eye, making her legally blind. Lindsay also has hydrocephalus, which is a fluid inside the skull that causes a swelling of the brain. She’s had ten surgeries in her eighteen years and has at least one doctor appointment a week. The lack of motor skills on her left side led doctors to believe that she would have to be in a wheelchair but she has proved otherwise.
Lindsay recently graduated from high school with a 3.75 grade point average. She was one of the school’s homecoming princesses, believing that it set an example against stereotypes. Learning braille after her sophomore year, Lindsay worked hard to keep up with the other students. She sung in the Braille Institute’s Johnny Mercer Children’s Choir and also attended the Junior Blind of America camp where she aimed to learn how to excel in higher education.
Lindsay received a Hydrocephalus Association Scholarship and will be attending college in Fall 2013. She wants to teach the visually impaired through the school district, believing that since she can relate to these students, she can help them succeed and do for them what her teachers did for her.
Lindsay is an active member of Starbright World®, Starlight’s online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. She heard about Starbright World after watching a promotional video for the site on YouTube. Lindsay now recruits other chronically ill teens to join the online community knowing it will make a difference for them, “especially in their darkest hours.” Watch her Starbright World video, now on Starlight’s You Tube channel.