Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire
other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kid! of the Month for January, 2008:
Amazing Young Crohn's Disease Activist, Ally Bain;
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Quotes of the Month
“One person can really make a difference; one voice can really make a difference. People need to know that everyone is facing some kind of struggle and they are not alone. If you are passionate about something, follow through with it. Find a cause and fight for it.”
"Try to always stay
positive. It is better for the health and for the spirit. Negativity
you from doing something you are passionate about. Don't let your
attitude deter you
from what you love. Don't be intimidated by the world, because it is
waiting for you to better it.”
Ally Bain, age 17
Amazing Young Crohn's Disease Activist
January's Amazing Kid! of the Month:
John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the
United States, had
once said: “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” It is no secret
that whether or not we succeed at something often
on the way we react to adverse situations.
With this sage advice in mind,
and to help you usher in the New Year on a positive and inspirational
note, we are delighted to present the Amazing
Kid! of the
Month story for January 2008 about one amazing young lady, Ally Bain, who has
dedicated herself to advocating for laws protecting the rights of
people with Crohn's Disease.
Read below about how amazing Ally Bain
fought for the introduction of a new law in her state protecting the
Crohn’s Disease—and won! May Ally's story
you to stand up for your own rights and the rights of others, and to
face adversity courageously!
Amazing Kids! would like to wish
everyone a happy, courageous and successful New Year in 2008!
Table of Contents
Meet Amazing Ally
Ally's Other Amazing Achievements
Meet Amazing Ally
Ally Bain, a high school senior from Vernon Hills,
diagnosed with Crohn's
Disease at the age of eleven, she was shocked. She was an otherwise
healthy, vibrant young lady. Crohn’s Disease is
ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Learning she had the disease was a life altering
experience, and she knew it was important to stay
Ally has maintained her positive attitude through her experiences of having the disease, and has seen firsthand the benefits such a positive attiude can have on a person. She offers this advice to others who may be diagnosed with Crohn's Disease or any other medical condition: “Try to always stay positive. It is better for the health and for the spirit. Negativity will keep you from doing something you are passionate about. Don't let your attitude deter you from what you love. Don't be intimidated by the world, because it is just waiting for you to better it.”
Amazing Ally Bain
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At the age of fourteen, the manager of a department store denied her access to a private restroom even after knowing of her medical condition. She decided to fight back and hence, worked hard to get 'Ally's Law' passed in the state of Illinois. This law made it mandatory to allow people with medical conditions to use private restrooms in the state of Illinois.
Here’s how she did it: Ally enlisted the help of her parents and contacted the media and her local Illinois State Representative, Kathleen Ryg. In early 2004, Ally testified in front of a committee and its recommendation was unanimous. The bill was passed unanimously in the Illinois House of Representatives and in the Illinois Senate. In August 2005, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into a law known as “Ally's Law”.
Ally and her mom
Ally is currently advocating
and bringing awareness about Crohn's Disease and other digestive
is also spreading the word about Ally's Law. She has been working with
pharmaceutical company, UCB, to help promote the legislation in other
She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Quill &
is part of the Teen Advisory Board for Comer Children's Hospital which
of the University of Chicago.
Ally's achievements vindicate her belief
person can really make a difference; one voice can really make a
People need to know that everyone is facing some kind of struggle and
not alone. If you are passionate about something, follow through with
a cause and fight for it. That is what I did. I was lucky; I won my
She says that her parents and her brother have been her biggest inspiration and have supported her in every way.
In the future, she hopes to become a
journalist and keep
healthy. She wants similar laws in all the fifty states. She says: “I
love who I
am and what I do. Like Confucius said, 'If you enjoy what you do,
work another day in your life.'"
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
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