To kick off Service Week, Madison discusses a little-known, yet relatively common neurological disorder, Tourette Syndrome, and the misconceptions and stereotypes associated with the condition. Using a fictional story she wrote followed by an online quiz, she walks you through both the emotions felt by students with Tourette Syndrome and the physical challenges that those with the disorder face every day. In order to further raise awareness within her community, she has, with the help of Caroline Crawford, designed t-shirts that will be sold and worn at the Walk for Tourette’s Awareness that Madison is hosting in April. Not only will this further raise awareness, though, but all of the proceeds donated will go to the Tourette Association of America to help spread awareness across the nation and fund research on the disorder.
Madison Ruston is a current senior at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge and is a member of the Honors Thesis program. She is a scholar, swimmer, and Writing Fellow and is passionate about math, science, and research.