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Kale Hyder

Davenport, IA

Johns Hopkins

Pre Medicine Neuroscience and Spanish

Kale serves as a great example of a student-athlete.  Starting in first grade he started in competitive sports and went on to participate in cross country, baseball and track.  His greatest success was in basketball where he played in high school prior to June 17, 2015 when he woke with what he thought was a minor injury or fatigue.  The next day he felt better but later in the afternoon the symptoms progressed rapidly and after being rushed to the emergency room and a battery of tests he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis an inflammatory disease of the spinal cord suffered by only 1400 people in the U.S each year.   He missed nearly his entire sophomore year but kept up with his studies with a newfound enthusiasm for academic excellence.  Kale was awarded the Iowa Governors Scholar Award, National Honors Society President, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as other academic awards.  Kale spends his time outside the classroom as a member of the disability advocate group at Hopkins, a scientific researcher at the medical center, and an admissions office volunteer.