October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Each year at this time, we celebrate the lives of all men, women, and children living with spina bifida while increasing awareness by sharing stories and information with our families, community, and policy makers.
This year, Stefanie Hengge is revealing the exemplary experiences of six people in our local community in a series entitled, “Spina Bifida: Stories of Resilience”. Each story will portray a person’s or family’s strength, indominatable spirit, perseverance, and creativity as they manage and adapt to some of the challenges people face when living with spina bifida. Look for these stories to be added to our Web site all month long and don’t forget to post stories of your own. Please use the hashtag #SpinaBifidaAwarenessMonth! when posting.
Stefanie Hengge is a thirty-something advocate for disadvantaged populations, primarily those with mental or physical disabilities. Professionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and serves as a Senior Administrative Assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Leisurely, she can be found either with her nose in a book, writing, or attempting to travel as much of the world as possible. She also has spina bifida.