Mission moments fuel me. It’s what drives me to do better and be better on your behalf. I recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for a Tourette Syndrome Symposium hosted by the South East Consortium Centers of Excellence. This event was designed to educate medical professionals, educators and families in the local areas affected by Tourette Syndrome. Our phenomenal doctors and practitioners continue to amaze me with the breadth of their knowledge and deep commitment to the TS community. I always learn something new from them. Personal stories from families move me most. I am often so touched by their stories I have to choke back emotions when delivering public remarks to a TS audience, as was the case this time around! Nevertheless, I got up and reminded the audience they are not alone. There is a whole cadre of people working to make life better, easier and less lonely. As I reflect on this experience, I am humbled to be leading this organization, working hard to make a difference.
Recently in the media, there has been a few big wins for the Tourette community. I know I am not the only one cheering for Samuel Comroe on America’s Got Talent – he is hilarious and elevating awareness for TS. He will perform live next week to continue his journey on AGT, be sure to tune-in and vote for Samuel! Additionally, we are excited to welcome him at our annual Gala on November 15, where he will perform and talk about his life growing up with Tourette Syndrome. In addition, the Tourette Association of America has teamed up with A&E to offer a docuseries called Raising Tourette’s. The first episode aired on Wednesday, August 15 – watch the latest episode and let us know what you think!
There are a number of engagement opportunities and events taking place throughout the country. It is an exciting time to be a part of the TAA and I would like to personally invite you to get involved and learn more about becoming a member, volunteering and so much more.