The holidays are a time when, in our hearts, we hope that all children feel loved and happy. Recently, on the Tourette Association’s Facebook page, a mom shared with us a snapshot of her son’s Christmas list: what he wanted most was for his Tourette Syndrome to go away. During the glow of the season, we wish for children to delight in family, friends, and a few good toys. Their hearts should not be filled (at this time of year or ever) with a sense of helplessness.
As 2016 draws to a close, I’m asking each of you to reach into your hearts and give the gift of hope by making a donation to our Research and Medical programs. Every day, the Tourette Association is making progress toward understanding Tourette Syndrome so that we can develop better treatment options and make life better.
I hope the little boy who drew this picture gets everything else he asked for this holiday. In the meantime, I want to assure him and his family that we are working on it tirelessly! Please give today, to make every day – not just the holidays – a reason to hope for a better future for those affected by Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders.
College Scholarship Options
While the Tourette Association of America does not provide college scholarships there are currently three scholarships specifically for students with Tourette Syndrome (TS) available through other organizations.
Apart from the scholarships available for students with tics or TS, it is important to keep in mind that often students with TS are also impacted by co-occurring conditions. If you are searching for scholarships for a student with TS, and this student also has a diagnosis of another disorder, it might be helpful to also research scholarships that are either for co-occurring conditions or that have more broadly defined criteria.
Investing in Innovation
The chill of the winter season has just begun and we’re already thinking about warmer times ahead. Every June the Tourette Association of America funds various Doctors and Researchers that explore new, promising treatment options for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. This may feel far away, but the process begins now for this upcoming June. Through a rigorous application process, the TAA is proud to hand select these brilliant individuals to help see our mission in action.
Love and Living with Tourette
TLC fans may already know that Loren Brovarnik, star of the hit reality show 90-Day-Fiance, has Tourette Syndrome. What you may not know is that Loren is passionate about raising awareness about Tourette. We are so excited to announce that Loren will be a featured speaker at our Team Tourette Disney World Marathon event on January 7, 2017.