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RYAN's Road
Posted on July 17, 2014
#ThrowbackThursday: Guess the TSC Athlete 

BY: NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION

Today, we’re traveling way back in time for #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT)! Can you guess which TSC athlete is photographed in this picture? 

We’ll give you a hint: he just took home the silver medal at the recent Washington State soccer tournament. 

You got it – it’s Michael Jorski!

Be sure to visit our page on future Thursdays for more #TBT fun!

#ThrowbackThursday: Guess the TSC Athlete

BY: NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION

Today, we’re traveling way back in time for #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT)! Can you guess which TSC athlete is photographed in this picture?

We’ll give you a hint: he just took home the silver medal at the recent Washington State soccer tournament.

You got it – it’s Michael Jorski!

Be sure to visit our page on future Thursdays for more #TBT fun!

RYAN's Road
Posted on July 10, 2014
#ThrowbackThursday: Guess the TSC Athlete

BY: NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION

We’re time traveling again this week for #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT)! Look at that great smile coming from a baby TSC athlete. Can you guess who it is? 

It’s Whitney Lackey! She’s already a Special Olympics, bocce-playing star and did a great job competing at the Special Olympics USA Games on June 16-20! 

Happy #TBT!

#ThrowbackThursday: Guess the TSC Athlete

BY: NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION

We’re time traveling again this week for #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT)! Look at that great smile coming from a baby TSC athlete. Can you guess who it is?

It’s Whitney Lackey! She’s already a Special Olympics, bocce-playing star and did a great job competing at the Special Olympics USA Games on June 16-20!

Happy #TBT!

RYAN's Road
Posted on July 2, 2014

Soccer Success!

BY: MICHAEL JORSKI

Hi everyone! I wanted to share this video of me playing soccer at the Washington State soccer tournament I competed in May. Even though it rained a little bit, I’m glad we could still play!

Go Kent Storm!!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 26, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Ryan Groves Wins the Gold!

BY: NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION

In honor of #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT), check out this photo of Ryan Groves competing at last year’s Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games, where he took home the gold medal in the softball throw. When talking about his successes in the Special Olympics and everything he’s overcome to compete, Ryan said, “I have TSC, but it does not have me.” Ryan returned to the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games again this year. Ryan inspires all of us over at Novartis by pursuing his dreams despite the challenges of living with TSC.

Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 23, 2014
Update on the USA Games!

BY: WHITNEY LACKEY

The Special Olympics USA Games just wrapped up so I wanted to share a quick update. The Games were really fun and I’m so glad I got to travel to NJ and represent Team Tennessee in bocce. There were so many people watching us play!! Check out this photo of me after the medal ceremony!

I took home the bronze medal in doubles and Team Tennessee took home the silver medal! I also competed in the singles competition and got fourth place! 

This was such a cool experience and I think people with TSC like me should think about participating in Special Olympics or taking part in other activities that make them happy. Of course, you have to make sure to visit your doctor regularly for check-ups but Special Olympics is one of my favorite things! 

I’m so proud of my team and all of the other Special Olympics athletes who competed at the USA Games, and can’t wait to compete in a Special Olympics event again soon!

Update on the USA Games!

BY: WHITNEY LACKEY

The Special Olympics USA Games just wrapped up so I wanted to share a quick update. The Games were really fun and I’m so glad I got to travel to NJ and represent Team Tennessee in bocce. There were so many people watching us play!! Check out this photo of me after the medal ceremony!

I took home the bronze medal in doubles and Team Tennessee took home the silver medal! I also competed in the singles competition and got fourth place!

This was such a cool experience and I think people with TSC like me should think about participating in Special Olympics or taking part in other activities that make them happy. Of course, you have to make sure to visit your doctor regularly for check-ups but Special Olympics is one of my favorite things!

I’m so proud of my team and all of the other Special Olympics athletes who competed at the USA Games, and can’t wait to compete in a Special Olympics event again soon!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 20, 2014
Healthy Athletes Village

BY: SHARON LACKEY

Special Olympics USA Games are in full swing and today, we are here with Whitney at the Healthy Athletes Village, where Special Olympics athletes can receive free health screenings. At the Village, doctors are available to provide podiatry, hearing, optometry, dental, dietary and fitness screenings, and help educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow up in a welcoming and fun environment. 

Regular checkups are especially important for people with TSC, such as Whitney, who require regular monitoring and screening by TSC specialists. To learn more about TSC, you can visit the Facing TSC website: http://www.tuberous-sclerosis.com/patient/children.jsp. 

Also feel free to reblog this post, or share it on your Facebook and Twitter pages to help spread awareness about the importance of monitoring and screening for people with TSC.

Healthy Athletes Village

BY: SHARON LACKEY

Special Olympics USA Games are in full swing and today, we are here with Whitney at the Healthy Athletes Village, where Special Olympics athletes can receive free health screenings. At the Village, doctors are available to provide podiatry, hearing, optometry, dental, dietary and fitness screenings, and help educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow up in a welcoming and fun environment.

Regular checkups are especially important for people with TSC, such as Whitney, who require regular monitoring and screening by TSC specialists. To learn more about TSC, you can visit the Facing TSC website: http://www.tuberous-sclerosis.com/patient/children.jsp.

Also feel free to reblog this post, or share it on your Facebook and Twitter pages to help spread awareness about the importance of monitoring and screening for people with TSC.

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 19, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Bowling for gold

BY: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Happy #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT)! This Thursday, we’re going back to last fall when Steven Striegel played in the Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics Bowling Competition. Check him out sporting his gold medal! Go Steven!!

Don’t forget to check back next week for another #TBT post!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 17, 2014

Live from the USA Games!

BY: WHITNEY LACKEY

Hi everyone – its Whitney Lackey here, live from the Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey! It was a long journey from Tennessee, but I’m so excited to finally be here!!

Here’s a photo of me playing bocce at the Games. So far, I’ve competed in doubles competitions – and Team Tennessee is doing great.

Check back for an update after the USA Games, and wish us good luck!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 14, 2014
Thank You, Dad!

BY: MICHAEL JORSKI

For Father’s Day this Sunday, I’m planning to spend the day with my dad, mom and two sisters celebrating our awesome dad. It’s going to be so much fun!

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is to watch him mow the lawn.  Sometimes he lets me help by pushing the yard waste container around between our front and back yard.  I love pushing garbage containers and our old lawn mower around, which dad took out the dangerous parts so it would be safe for me.  Isn’t he great?  I’ve had it for years.  We also have Sundays together where we look through the Sunday paper.  I like to look at the ads and see pictures of some of my favorite things.  Spring is a great time for lawn mower ads!  And my job on Sunday is to collect the trash from around the house with Dad’s help.  But these are just some of my favorite things to do with Dad! Look at this picture of us from my soccer competition last month. My dad gives the best hugs and he always comes to my Special Olympics games to cheer me on! He’s the best!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Thank You, Dad!

BY: MICHAEL JORSKI

For Father’s Day this Sunday, I’m planning to spend the day with my dad, mom and two sisters celebrating our awesome dad. It’s going to be so much fun!

One of my favorite things to do with my dad is to watch him mow the lawn. Sometimes he lets me help by pushing the yard waste container around between our front and back yard. I love pushing garbage containers and our old lawn mower around, which dad took out the dangerous parts so it would be safe for me. Isn’t he great? I’ve had it for years. We also have Sundays together where we look through the Sunday paper. I like to look at the ads and see pictures of some of my favorite things. Spring is a great time for lawn mower ads! And my job on Sunday is to collect the trash from around the house with Dad’s help. But these are just some of my favorite things to do with Dad! Look at this picture of us from my soccer competition last month. My dad gives the best hugs and he always comes to my Special Olympics games to cheer me on! He’s the best!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

RYAN's Road
Posted on June 14, 2014

Saturday: Day 1!

BY: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Today marks Day One of the Special Olympics USA Games, which is described as the largest, most innovative and inspirational national event to be held in the history of Special Olympics in the United States! More than 3,500 athletes have just arrived in New Jersey to compete in 16 different sports before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers. Among them is our very own TSC Athlete, Whitney Lackey who will be representing Team Tennessee in the bocce events.

The USA Games are a great opportunity for Special Olympics athletes, such as Whitney, to showcase their achievements and determination to succeed while facing the daily challenges of diseases like TSC. Join us in wishing Whitney the best of luck. Go Whitney!!