2014: Jessica McCulloch
Jessica McCulloch Honored with the 2014 Brian T. Wagner Award
Jessica McCulloch was recognized for her efforts in founding the Warrior Families Beating Spina Bifida Foundation in 2011. She created the WFBSB in cooperation with other mothers who desired to see their children rise above the expectancy of the doctors and conquer spina bifida. WFBSB was created to not only provide information about spina bifida, but also to provide financial support to all families who are dealing with this illness who need help paying for treatments and therapies, etc., that are not covered by insurance or are not available in the U.S.
According to McCulloch, WFBSB families have all experienced miracles in their children and want to see it happen for everyone. It is vital that families keep updated on the progress of treatment options that are available throughout the world. WFBSB's motto is Knowledge is Power! WFBSB has so many generous families that are very willing to help in any way to change the lives of many who suffer from spina bifida, including donating old equipment (wheelchairs, braces, walkers, etc.) to others in need who are having a hard time getting doctors to support their desire to help their child walk. WFBSB's main goal is to be able to provide grants to all families who are seeking therapies, treatments, equipment or anything they need on their path to beating complications of spina bifida.
Jessica's daughter Ava Grace was born Oct. 1, 2008, with spina bifida and other issues that came with it. Ava has overcome all odds and accomplished so much that the doctors said she wouldn't be able to do. Recently, she received non-embryonic stem cell treatments in China and is gaining sensation in her legs, wiggling toes more and walking further in her braces. She feels her lower legs and is able to stand more flat-footed; on her left foot especially.
The Brian T. Wagner Award was created by the Foundation Council to honor the achievements of individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Muskingum County through extraordinary commitments of time and effort as volunteers. These individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 55 years of age, we in and volunteer in Muskingum County and have a history of significant volunteer leadership of projects and programs.