Why You Should Support #4TheAbility

Why You Should Support #4TheAbility

#4TheAbility to Change Lives
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Why you should Support #4TheAbility.

What is #4TheAbility?

#4TheAbility is a nonprofit that connects high school athletic programs with kids who have a medical condition. The goal is to bridge the gap between the two worlds: those who can and those who cannot. #4TheAbility provides a pathway to create awareness in high school programs and strives to teach love and compassion. It offers a way for kids who cannot play to still be able to have the experience of being a part of a team and building relationships. Its endeavor is to change lives.

#4TheAbility was created in Boise, Idaho in 2013 by Justin Jackson (Coach Juss) at Timberline High School. It originally began with one kid: Sam Lee. He became a part of the football program at Timberline High and immediately began affecting everyone's lives. The next goal was to add more children to the program and continue to change as many lives as possible.


What Inspired #4TheAbility?

#4TheAbility was inspired by two people: Brittiana Henderson and Breon Taylor.

Brittiana Henderson, a friend of mine, died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 13. She was extremely smart and ambitious. Brittiana had many talents such as dancing, acting and so much more. She dreamt of one day becoming a pediatrician. At the age of 10 she was diagnosed with bone cancer. When the world lost her, we didn't get a chance to see her talents exposed and watch her dreams of becoming a pediatrician come true.

Breon Taylor, my older sister, died from gang related violence in 2008. Breon was shot and killed at the age of 15 while at a party in Long Beach, California. When Breon died, I felt I had lost all hope in life. She had such a colossal impact in keeping me together and she was just starting to understand what she wanted to do in life. Breon ran track and was good at it, but the world never got to see how great she could have been, nor the amazing person she was continuing to become.

When you lose two people that could have made an enormous positive impact in the world, you want to make sure every kid out there has the opportunity to leave their mark on society. Let us maximize our time here and work to change as many lives as we can.




Why you should support and donate to #4TheAbility?

If you had the opportunity to help change the life of a kid who has a medical condition, would you? Supporting #4TheAbility does not always mean time or money; even just wearing a band around your wrist or telling the kids that they have your support helps tremendously. People should donate, though, because it helps with more pressing issues such as medical cost, travel cost, or even the life cost for these children. Let us all work together to change these kid’s lives!


Want more information, or want to donate!
Contact Justin Jackson or search #4TheAbility on social media and let's continue to help kids and spread the message around the world!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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I Stopped Taking My ADHD Medication And It Made Me 10 Times Happier

Many people with ADHD choose to medicate to manage their symptoms, but that choice is not without any negative side effects.

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When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

I was in the third grade and falling behind in nearly every subject and my teachers were losing hope. I endured several weeks of testing before being diagnosed, but even more weeks of medication testing after I was diagnosed. Once it had been determined that I responded positively to medication, I began taking Concerta.

I took Concerta every day from fourth grade on to my freshman year of college.

About every three years, I would start taking a stronger dosage and every time my dosage increased, I experienced more and more negative side effects of the drug.

Common side effects people experience when they take ADHD medications are altered personalities. The meds make you feel more reserved and uncomfortable. You are constantly on alert and this makes one feel very self-conscious. Another side effect of ADHD meds is suppression of identifying personality traits and strong emotions. Many people, including myself, report feeling robot or zombie-like. All of these side effects disappeared when I stopped taking Concerta.

Around the beginning of my first year of college, I considered stopping medicating.

College is a fresh start and I was beginning to wonder what not medicating would feel like. I had become so used to the way Concerta made me feel, I did not know what it felt like to truly be myself. So, after being medicated from 2008-2017, I stopped taking my ADHD pills.

At first, I didn't feel much of a difference, but as time went on I began feeling happier. I found myself to be more outgoing and social. I have always been considered a warm, approachable person, but this was different. People began commenting on how often I was smiling, my friend group was expanding, I began feeling more confident in myself and speaking in public.

During the fall semester of my sophomore year, I began experiencing the symptoms of my ADHD on a whole new level. I was having extreme difficulty paying attention in class, trouble completing all my assignments in a timely fashion, forgetting simple things, and more.

I felt like my grades were suffering and I was worried not medicating was compromising the quality of my education because I no longer had pills to help me manage my symptoms, so I started medicating once again.

At the start of my sophomore winter semester, I began taking Concerta again in hopes my educational experience would improve. While school was easier to manage, I could not stand the way the meds were making me feel. I experienced intense migraines, loss of interest in any/all activities I once enjoyed, I stopped eating, and my friends often commented on how dull I seemed. Due to all the negative side-effects of starting my medication again, I got rid of them for good.

Over a year has gone by since I first made the choice to give up my medication.

School is a lot harder and paying attention takes significantly more energy, but I would not trade any of my ADHD struggles for the feeling of finally being free from the methylphenidate based drug used to treat my disorder. For the first time since third grade, I feel like myself and I am proud of who I am and who I am becoming.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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