DETROIT, Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Reiter & Walsh, P.C. American Baby & Child (ABC) Law Centers is proud to announce the winner of their first annual "Caring For Life" Scholarship Award. Jory Owen is this year's distinguished winner and has proven to be a fine recipient of this new annual scholarship. Reiter & Walsh, P.C. began the annual "Caring For Life" Scholarship as way to increase awareness and understanding of preventable birth injuries. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a university or law school student who either sustained a birth injury themselves or has a close family member who has experienced a birth injury. More details about next year's contest can be found here.
Joy Owen, this year's winner of the "Caring For Life Scholarship," did not experience a birth injury himself but has instead been impacted by his sister Jaylin's diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Jory's scholarship entry included an essay about how his sister's disability has changed his life for the better. In the essay, Jory explains that "from her first breath of life, Jaylin's doctors were anticipating many problems. In fact, they believed she would be dependent upon adaptive medical equipment and that her life expectancy would be short."
Jory goes on to explain in his essay that his sister has proven those doctors wrong from day one. Her zeal for life is something that her doctors didn't see coming. Nor did they take into account her fighting spirit. Jory says that watching his sister's valiant fight to overcome her disability has taught him many lessons that he could never have learned in school. Jaylin taught him maturity, emotional and mental strength, and to have the capacity to believe in himself. Today, Jaylin has many friends and an impressive memory. Jory considers his sister Jaylin his hero, due to the fact that despite all the obstacles she has faced in life, she has overcome and continued to thrive.
Although his experience with his sister was admirable, Jory also proved worthy of the scholarship thanks to his various other accomplishments. In addition to spending a great deal of time being a wonderful brother, Jory also was active in many extracurricular activities at James Monroe High School. He was involved in his school's drama program, was the captain of the swim team, a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was the president of the Spectrum Club. He also was highly involved in the school's Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). Jory first began helping out in special education classrooms in middle school. Jory says this experience helped him learn how to work with children with different disabilities than his sister's and furthered his passion for helping individuals like her.
The money awarded to Jory through this scholarship will go towards his education at the University of Central Florida, where he is expected to graduate with an architecture degree in 2021. How he will use his degree to serve others is unknown, but what is certain is that Jory will find a way to give back no matter his profession. His continued work with special needs children proves that to be true. Reiter & Walsh hope that this award will continue to increase awareness of the oft-overlooked problem of birth injuries. They also seek to honor those rare individuals like Jory who have made the most out of their own or their loved one's disabilities.
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