Since early childhood, Rebekah had many strikes against her. Thankfully her aunt and uncle stepped in and raised Rebekah as their own. Besides working through that tough scenario, Rebekah also struggled with self-confidence due to the look of her teeth, but after she was referred to A Smile for Kids and started treatment with Dr. Juliana Panchura and Dr. Wade Haslam, the light started appearing at the end of the tunnel.
None of this would have happened without Rebekah's "can do" attitude and perseverance, and we are so happy and proud to play a role in Rebekah's life. The way Rebekah raised her grades to become part of the ASK program and how she fulfilled her commitment to volunteering at Brightside Animal Shelter just lifted everyone's spirits and she probably inspired more people than she realized.
As if that wasn't enough, Rebekah worked so hard on her grades that she graduated Valedictorian in her class and used her newfound self-confidence to shoot for the stars. She's now finishing her graduate degree at OSU and looking to enter the field of genetics and neuroscience, aiming for a Ph.D. in that field. Wow! Incredibly inspiring.
Rebekah has spent a lot of time saying "Thank You" to people who have helped her throughout her youth, but now we are the ones saying "Thank You" to Rebekah for inspiring the rest of us to be the best we can be. Thank you, Rebekah!