2018 FOSRX/FAST Pharmacy Scholarship Winners Announced 

Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy (FOSRX/FAST) announced today that it has selected four worthy recipients to award a combined worth of $11,000 of scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to: Isaiah Reeves of Iowa City, Josh Williams of New Albany, OH, Emily Manning of Tallahassee, FL, and Chance Abrams of Birmingham AL.

All past and current recipients of the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship not only demonstrate extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal backgrounds, they also all live with chronic illnesses. The FOSRX/FAST scholarship program is part of an FOSRX/FAST initiative to support people living with life-long disorders/diseases to achieve academic success despite their diagnoses.

“Providing these scholarships will help the lives of four exceptional and deserving people who show promising futures despite challenging life circumstances,” FOSRX/FAST CEO, Sajal Roy said. “They are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences and represent our company values well.”

After receiving their highest volume of applicants to date, the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Committee for identified outstanding candidates for the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program based on their personal statements, academic achievements, extracurricular involvements, financial need, and potential future impact.  Since 2014, Factor One Source Pharmacy has publicly awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to 12 students across the nation and plans to continue awarding outstanding applicants annually.

“Our communities will benefit by enabling ambitious students to fully develop their talents and achieve their goals,” Roy said.

FOSRX/FAST is a nationwide specialty pharmacy focused on customized care and providing medications and services to people with complex or hard-to-manage conditions. While FOSRX/FAST has brick and mortar locations in Maryland, Louisiana and Texas, it is also licensed and able to serve patients in all 50 of the United States with a variety of medical conditions. To learn more about the Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy, click here, and to learn more about the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program, click here.

Listed below are the 2018 FOSRX/FAST Scholarship winners, their associated hometown, diagnosis, the college or university they will be/are attending, and their plans for the future. 

Silver Scholarship Recipient ($1,000): 

Emily Manning, from Tallahassee, Florida lives with a rare disorder of the blood called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). While working full time, receiving regular treatments, and coaching incoming students, Emily is also pursuing an internship for her master’s degree in Social Work. She is a mentor, volunteer, teacher, researcher, and a soon-to-be MSW graduate from Florida State University.

“This scholarship does not only change my life but sustains it! With a Master’s in Social Work, I hope to continue to inspire young people who are faced with similar obstacles and empower them to achieve their dreams.”-Emily Manning

Gold Scholarship Recipient ($2,500): 

Joshua Williams, from New Albany, Ohio has undergone two bone marrow transplants (BMT). Josh is attending Ohio State University majoring in Chemistry with the goal of becoming a chemical researcher. He has experience researching the usage of gene therapy to treat muscular dystrophy at a laboratory in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and plans to earn a PhD in Chemistry working on cutting edge research.

“My goal is a career developing new materials such as new medicines or nanotechnology therapies that will help address various medical disorders. Receiving this scholarship will help me achieve that goal.” -Joshua Williams

Platinum Scholarship Recipient ($5,000): 

Isaiah Reeves is from Iowa City, IA, and is attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Isaiah has severe hemophilia A which requires regular infusions, plans to become a hematologist. During his sophomore year he worked under a doctor researching Factor IX clotting and plans to continue working in hemophilia-related research throughout his career.

“Medical school is a large financial endeavor, and scholarship programs like this one are extremely helpful in reducing that burden. I am excited to continue my medical education and hopefully pursue a career in hematology, where I will be able to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my life.” -Isaiah Reeves

 

Rising Healthcare Scholarship Recipient ($2,500):

Chance Abrams is from Wetumpka Alabama and lives with hemophilia A with inhibitors. Chance is majoring in pre-nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Not only does he undergo frequent treatments and maintenance for his disorder, he is also a high-achiever academically and volunteers regularly with his local hemophilia chapter. Chance aims to become a registered nurse anesthetist after he completes his undergraduate degree.

The scholarship will help benefit my future because with it, I will be able to take classes that I need to have in order to be able to apply for Nursing School next Spring.” -Chance Abrams

Monthly Education: Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver which can lead to scarring, cirrhosis, or cancer of the liver. Hepatitis is also caused by other toxic substances and autoimmune disease which can present similar to viral hepatitis. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These 5 types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

To see more information, click here.

Monthly Education: Tuberculosis

Patients who receive biologics such as Humira, Enbrel, Actemra, etc. are at an increased risk for serious infections which may result in hospitalization and/or death. Tuberculosis may lie dormant in the body for years without notice. Biologics are medications that may suppress the immune systems function. Suppression of the immune system increases the risk that the infection will become more active.

References:

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/medication/drug-types/biologics/precautions-biologics.php

https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/skintesting.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/tb.pdf

Scholarship FAQs

Have you heard about our scholarship program? Every year our company gives thousands of dollars away to people living with chronic/complex medical conditions seeking higher education. You can learn more on our Scholarship Page, here.

We are currently taking applications, which means we get a lot of phone calls at this time of year to ask questions or clarify certain eligibility requirements. We’d like to tackle the most common questions in this post today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my high school age student apply now, and use the scholarship money in the future?

A: Only people attending college/university in Fall, 2018 are eligible to apply (including students at any point during their secondary education). That means high school seniors ARE able to apply if they are enrolled in college come fall semester, but that juniors, sophomores, and freshman are ineligible to apply until they are college-bound. It also sometimes means that they are competing against people in graduate or doctoral programs.

Q: I applied last year and didn’t receive the scholarship. Can I reapply?

A: YES, you can reapply. However, if you are a previous winner, you are no longer eligible. We have many new applicants every year, and want as many as possible to have the opportunity at being awarded our scholarships.

Q: Does my doctor’s office need to sign the form and fax it to you directly?

A: Many clinics have different policies on this type of thing, so we accept both electronic signatures and ink signatures that have been scanned in. Ideally you will have as few attachments as possible in your submission email to us.

Q:  Can we apply for multiple tiers of scholarship if we qualify for more than one?

A: No. Please only select the highest tier you qualify for. This is in your best interest, as the lower tiers generally have more applicants.

Q: If we applied in a previous year, can we use the same application form?

A: We do not recommend this, as eligibility requirements have changed. As we grow, we make adjustments to the process to make it easier on our committee to sort through the applicants.

Q: If I am from out of the country but plan to study abroad in the U.S., may I apply?

A: Our scholarship program is only for permanent residents of the U.S., but thanks for checking.

Q: I have been diagnosed with a condition listed under Treated Conditions, so does that mean my [son, daughter, sibling, spouse] can apply since they are in my family?

A: While we understand that a condition can affect an entire family, only the diagnosed individual may apply, and that money must be used on their own education.

Q: What does the committee look for when selecting an applicant?

A: Obviously there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this since we see a diverse group every year, and our committee votes in two rounds in order to narrow it down the the winners. What we CAN tell you is that paying attention to the instructions is important. Those who complete the instructions accurately are better positioned because it demonstrates an attention to detail. We also encourage applicants to thoughtfully write their essay section to stand out, demonstrate why they need the scholarship, and to show us who they really are through the written portion.

 

If you’d like to stay up to date on future scholarship insights and announcements, remember to follow us on social media @fosrxfast, or sign up for our scholarship newsletter on our scholarship page

 

Monthly Education: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month. We acknowledge that it is also Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month among other things, but have chosen to focus on nutrition this year during the month of March since it affects all patients regardless of their condition.

Nutrition Month, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

We loved this list of 27 Health and Nutrition Tips based on science, and encourage you to read it for the great advice and explanations. The list recommends things like: eating nuts, minimizing your intake of added sugars, using extra virgin olive oil, remembering to do cardio, avoiding bright lights before sleep, not overcooking/burning your meat, drinking water before meals, eating fatty fish, etc. etc.

At FOSRX/FAST, we encourage everyone to set nutritional goal that they can make steps to achieve this month through healthy eating. Share your goal with us on social media @fosrxfast!

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Monthly Education: American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Not only should we focus on those we hold close to our hearts during the month of love, but also focus on loving ourselves by taking good care of our actual non-metaphorical hearts. Simply put, taking care of yourself can lead to a longer, healthier life.

There are seven simple steps that research has shown can make a difference. Each involves making good choices and require some discipline, but all are doable. Dubbed “Life’s Simple 7” by the American Heart Association, they involve:

  • Eating better, which can stave off chronic disease. Steps include increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight because this can reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and bones.
  • Exercising, which can help with your cholesterol levels, weight and muscle tone.
  • Quitting cigarettes because even one can hurt you.
  • Managing blood pressure. Unhealthy ranges strain the heart, arteries and kidneys.
  • Controlling cholesterol to give your arteries the best chance to stay clear of fatty blockages that reduce blood flow.
  • Reducing blood sugar. This can lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
February Education

Monthly Education: Stress

Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better right now, but may also protect your health longterm. In one study, researchers examined the association between “positive affect” — feelings like happiness, joy, contentment and enthusiasm — and the development of coronary heart disease over a decade.  They found that for every one-point increase in positive affect on a five-point scale, the rate of heart disease dropped by 22 percent.

While the study doesn’t prove that increasing positive affect decreases cardiovascular risks, the researchers recommend boosting your positive affect by making a little time for enjoyable activities every day. Other strategies for reducing stress include:

Identify what’s causing stress. Monitor your state of mind throughout the day. If you feel stressed, write down the cause, your thoughts and your mood. Once you know what’s bothering you, develop a plan for addressing it.

• Build strong relationships. Relationships can be a source of stress. Research has found that negative, hostile reactions with your spouse cause immediate changes in stress-sensitive hormones, for example.

Walk away when you’re angry. Before you react, take time to regroup by counting to 10. Then reconsider. Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off steam. Plus, exercise increases the production of endorphins, your body’s natural mood-booster. Commit to a daily walk or other form of exercise — a small step that can make a big difference in reducing stress levels.

• Rest your mind. According to APA’s 2012 Stress in America™ survey, stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night. To help ensure you get the recommended seven or eight hours of shut-eye, cut back on caffeine, remove distractions such as television or computers from your bedroom, and go to bed at the same time each night. Research shows that activities like yoga and relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning.

• Get help. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consult with a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional who can help you learn how to manage stress effectively.

Stress Handout

Monthly Education: Preventing Falls

Falls can be prevented! Take action and be prepared

If You Fall

  • Try to land on your buttocks to prevent more serious injuries.
  • Don’t rush to get up. Make sure you are not injured before trying to get up or letting others help you get up.
  • Don’t let the fear of falling again prevent you from being active. Inactivity creates an even greater risk of falling.

Protect Yourself

Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, and unsafe conditions in and around your home can increase your chance of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking some steps to protect yourself.

You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe. Your independence and well-being are at stake. Take action!

Bathroom

  • Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub or shower.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand. Make sure they are well anchored.
  • Use a raised toilet seat, and a bath seat in the shower, if you need them.
  • Wipe up moisture or spills immediately.

Living Room and Bedroom

  • Reduce clutter! Get rid of loose wires and cords as well as any other obstacles.
  • Consider using a cordless phone to avoid rushing to answer.
  • Have good lighting throughout the house and install night lights.
  • Make sure the path is clear between the bedroom and bathroom.
  • Scatter mats are tripping hazards. Get rid of them or make sure they are non-slip.
  • Move slowly out of your bed or chair. Getting up suddenly can make you dizzy.

Kitchen

  • Store kitchen supplies and pots and pans in easy-to-reach locations.
  • Store heavy items in lower cupboards.
  • Use a stable step stool with a safety rail for reaching high places.
  • Always wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping.
  • If you use floor wax, use the non-skid kind.
  • Ask for help with tasks that you feel you can’t do safely.

Stairs

  • Make sure your stairs are well lit.
  • Have solid handrails on both sides of the stairway.
  • Remove your reading glasses when you go up or down the stairs.
  • Never rush up or down the stairs. It’s a major cause of falls.

Exterior

  • Keep front steps and walkway in good repair and free of snow, ice and leaves.
  • Keep front entrance well lit.
  • Put gardening implements such as hoses and rakes away when not using them.
Ask for help with tasks that you feel you can’t do safely.

Your Health

Eat Healthy Meals

  • Nutritious meals keep up strength, resistance and balance. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.
  • Don’t skip meals. It can cause weakness and dizziness.

Keep Fit

  • Engage in physical activity every day. It’s your best defence against falls.
  • Walk. Try Tai Chi. Do what you can to maintain your flexibility and balance.
  • Build your muscle and bone strength by doing “resistance” activities or exercises (such as weight lifting). Consult your doctor before you embark on an exercise program.
  • Have your hearing and vision checked regularly.

Use Medication Wisely

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of prescription or over-the-counter medication.
  • Read directions carefully so you’re aware of potential reactions with other medications.
  • If your medication causes dizziness or sleepiness, adjust your activities so you aren’t at risk of falling.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and medications. Alone or in combination with drugs, alcohol can cause falls.

Use Safety Aids

  • Don’t be embarrassed to use aids to daily living – they can keep you safe and active.
  • Wear your glasses and hearing aid.
  • Consider using a walker or cane. If you use a cane, make sure that it’s the correct height and that it’s rubber-tipped for safety.
  • Appropriate footwear is important. Comfortable shoes that provide good support can help to prevent falls.
  • Find out about other gadgets that can make your life safer: reachers, anti-skid soles, hip protectors, etc.
  • Use them!

 

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