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UCB Scholarship Program Awards $300,000 to Students Living with Crohn's Disease
Date:9/29/2008

hip winners. Now a sophomore at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, James was diagnosed with Crohn's disease as a freshman in high school. Although he has suffered a number of flare-ups since enrolling at The Citadel, James has managed to flourish within the school's rigid disciplinary system and intense military training regimen. In addition to being a member of the school's tennis team, James achieved Dean's List status his first semester, and the even higher honor of Gold Stars his second semester. In a school with an average dropout rate of 15 percent, James wrote in his application essay that although completing the first year of The Citadel would be a huge accomplishment for any college freshman, "managing Crohn's disease to accomplish this feat is what makes me most proud."

Tocombamaria Murphy, 34, of Shaker Heights, Ohio wrote in her personal statement, "Crohn's has become part of my life without my consent or foreknowledge; a boundary that sometimes causes me to pause, yet one that I will never allow to stop me." Years ago, Tocombamaria had put her dream of becoming a physician on hold to focus on raising her three children, ages 15, 8 and 6. Diagnosed with CD four years ago, Tocombamaria continues to battle the disease today, while working full time as an Immunization Outreach Worker. With the help of the scholarship, she hopes to become a certified nurse practitioner, to set the example for her children that it is possible to reach your goals, no matter how far off and no matter what the boundary may be.

"Each year, UCB is honored to recognize exceptional individuals who are an inspiration to everyone battling this disease," said David Robinson, Vice President and General Manager, Inflammation Business Unit, UCB. "All of this year's applicants showed perseverance in reaching beyond the boundaries of Crohn's and exemplified true determination, despite the many challenges. They are all extraordinary people, who will no doubt mak
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