Amira Eissa (Rhode Island)
School: Salve Regina University
Hometown: Yorktown Heights
Hi! My name is Amira Eissa, and I am a freshman at Salve Regina University studying Psychology in the hopes of pursuing a career as a therapist. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was seven years old, in second grade. Upon diagnosis my Mom and I researched all we could about my new disease and we stumbled upon the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The Foundation introduced me to some amazing life opportunities over the past 12 years. I have participated in my local Take Steps walk every year with my own fundraising team, “Chronies for life”. I attended Camp Oasis as a camper for ten summers in a row, my home away from home! I was the Honored Hero for my local Team Challenge multiple times and was able to share my story to inspire people to fundraise and run. I did my Girl Scout Gold Award with the Foundation and raised awareness for IBD patients by educating younger Girl Scout troops and going to Health classes in my middle school. Also, I was fortunate enough to be one of the founding members of the Teen Alliance support group for my chapter my freshman year of High School.
I had the privilege of experiencing all these amazing things and meeting extraordinary people along the way. I am so grateful that I am able to add the National Council of College Leaders to this long list of achievements and can’t wait to take full advantage of this phenomenal opportunity. It is empowering how many positive outcomes can occur from an assumed negative challenge. I can’t wait to continue my advocating journey alongside my new circle of friends and find a cure for IBD. My illness has never defined me, but what I have done with my life in spite of having a chronic illness, has and always will.