Scholarship Recipient: Adam

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Adam was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 2005 when he endured a coma caused by severe infection.  This infection triggered the autoimmune condition of rheumatoid arthritis.  After release from the hospital, he continued training as a student in the most accelerated Paramedic program in the nation.  Although he had fallen behind in the program as was suffering from the pain of RA, he was able to catch up with class work and clinical rotations of 12 hour shifts in the emergency department of a level-1 trauma center.

He graduated as a Paramedic and became a Para-rescue Jumper—the first person with RA to become an elite USAF Para-rescueman.  Adam has now taught over 100 students through Paramedic school.  His perseverance through this rigorous program despite chronic  inflammatory disease instilled confidence to overcome any adversity.

After receiving Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Arizona while working as a paramedic and maintaining a full time work schedule.  Adam has also participated in extra-curricular events relating to arthritis.  He has been described as a deeply compassionate, intelligent, capable, mature, hard working serious person who lets his RA inspire rather than restrain him. 

Adam is presently enrolled at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in preparation of becoming a rheumatologist.