Hi! I'm Amanda. I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2014. I was in the beginning of my third grade year when I got my first back brace. I had to wear the brace day and night for two years! After a couple of braces came and went, I stopped wearing them and continued to live with scoliosis treatment free.
However, in December of 2019, my life with scoliosis took a huge turn. I fractured my spine in what would become my last soccer game ever. After months of therapy, numerous Dr. appointments, and debilitation I decided that surgery was my best option first both my scoliosis and fracture.
I went on to have my first surgery in October 2020, during the height of the pandemic. At the time of my surgery the curve in my spine was over 100 degrees, which is extremely rare.
I had a second surgery in November 2021 where all the hardware from the previous surgery had to be replaced due to infection.
During the journey I've learned that it's important to stay strong, be resilient and to keep moving forward. With the support of volunteers, friends and family I've Got Your Back Foundation will be a way to give back to others facing medical and emotional challenges.
Over 50 volunteers from JMU's Advertising Agency helped create and develop the Foundation and its programs and resources. During the party, the group assembled over 100 goodie bags that were later donated to Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital.
Amanda and Connor DeJarnette presenting.
I've Got Your Back was founded in Spring of 2022. This dream had been years in the making and was finally made possible with the help of James Madison University's Advertising Club - Scratch Pad.
We focus on making the lives of kids facing serious medical and emotional challenges easier. Our goal is to bring awareness to their unique situations and help with their journey.
Our amazing team of volunteers are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!
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