Ashley Chillis


Fifty thousand dollars could buy a car, pay off a house note, or save lives. “If not treated, your condition could cripple you,” my doctor informed me. I was anxious, worried, and concerned about my future. At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to have surgery to correct the condition. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and, when severe, must be corrected surgically. During the procedure, surgeons inserted two metal rods and multiple screws into my back. The procedure was major and I was held in the hospital for five days following. All of this could have been avoided if I had received a routine scoliosis check. 

Checking for scoliosis is simple but is often not thought about. Having a child touch their toes and running your hand down their spine is all it takes. With fifty thousand dollars I could start a travelling clinic that visits metro Detroit elementary schools to perform annual scoliosis checks and spread awareness about the condition. The travelling clinic would be composed of volunteer and retired nurses to perform the check-ups. With the nurses being volunteers, more money could be put toward transportation and flyers to spread awareness. Scoliosis is a serious condition that can hinder one’s physical abilities if not diagnosed and treated properly. My clinic would quickly diagnose young children and provide them with the assistance needed to stop or slow down the progression of scoliosis.