Sarah Soltes June Volunteer of the Month

Soltes, Sarah photo1Hi everyone! My name is Sarah. I am a 28 year old young woman from NY who was born with Turner Syndrome before birth. I have a Bachelors Degree in Human Services, and have dedicated my life to helping others both personally, and professionally. For the past 6 years I have worked for agencies that provide support for individuals who are differently-abled in a variety of different positions. As I advance my career and think about my future I would absolutely love to one day have the privilege to work for an organization such as the Turner Syndrome Foundation that does such amazing work creating better futures for all girls and woman affected by Turner Syndrome, and that are at the forefront of advocacy and research, but my main focus this year is getting myself involved in any way that I can.

When the New Year approached I made a promise to myself that I would get more involved with educating and spreading awareness about Turner Syndrome, as well as helping raise funds to help further research. Since I live in New York I was looking for a local organization that I could get behind, and I found the Turner Syndrome Foundation based out of New Jersey . I started my journey as a volunteer with the Denim Day Fundraiser in February for awareness month. Thanks to my family, friends, and an amazing group of people I was able to surpass my fundraising goal of$ 1,500. I am still in amazement of how quickly I was able to share my personal story and spread awareness. I continued my journey by attending the New Jersey Marathon in April competing in the 5K with my twin brother Garner, his fiancée Brittney, and a close friend Megan. It was such an honor, and amazing experience to participate in an incredible event for such a worthy cause. I absolutely loved having the opportunity to meet everyone from the Foundation, as well as other beautiful girls and woman affected by Turner Syndrome, and their families.

Words can’t express what a privilege and honor it is to be the June featured volunteer. I absolutely can’t wait to continue to see where this journey leads me. By inspiring, and motivating others I inspire myself to continue pursuing my dreams. My only hope for the future is that I can continue to make a difference in other people’s lives. I would like to thank my family, and friends for their unwavering love, and support. Without out them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am wishing everyone health, happiness, and all of the best.  Get involved. You, too, can become an advocate for awareness!

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