How to Support EB in the Most Youthful Way Possible

Can I just tell you how I tired I am of all the millennial hate out there?

People are beyond harsh to the younger generations, and this article on Heritage High School just goes to show that all that bias is a total crock.

Younger folks? They’re awesome.

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Here’s me realizing how old that sentiment makes me feel. Source:

This past spring, Heritage had a major fundraising push called the Mr. Eagle competition. It’s their eighth time doing this annual event, where which senior guys get up on stage and have themselves a little pageant for family, staff, and friends.

Anybody remember this show? Source:
Anybody remember this show? Source:

After a night of dancing, modeling, and what was most likely a kickin’ Q&A, one boy—Reese Leiker—was officially crowned Mr. Eagle 2016.

These dudes don’t just have stage presence, though—they’ve got heart.

Leading up to Mr. Eagle is MAD week—7 days of fundraising for a charity of student-inspired choice. 2016’s main recipient was the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association (a.k.a. debra).

debra is an amazing, amazing non-profit. It’s the only one the United States is giving all-inclusive epidermolysis bullosa support. This means they raise funds, provide free programming, and have other services for the 25,000 people facing this rare disorder.

Affecting 1 in 20,000 births, this connective tissue disorder has one particularly prominent symptom: fragile, blistering skin. It’s painful, sometimes lethal, and requires constant care for these “butterfly children.”

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So seriously, like I said, debra is a much-needed resource, and thanks to Heritage High’s students, it’s getting some much-needed backing of its own.

AND if that wasn’t heartwarming enough, MAD week and Mr. Eagle’s other fundraising recipient was the Freedom Service Dogs of America.

Yeah, that’s right; these kids are also supporting service pups.

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The purest combination. Source:

So, anytime you have the urge to throw some shade at the youth of America for their hip-hop and their Pokemon, remember Heritage High.

The next generation is doing just fine.

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They’re young and beautiful. Source:

Debra is a great resource for people with EB. Know of any others? Share them below to help other families looking for support.

Kiki Jones

Kiki Jones

Kiki’s family loves to say, “People are like a baking project. At some point, they’re just done and they’re who they’re going to be.” Well, Kiki still has some baking to do, and she learns a lot from her loved ones living with chronic conditions, including mental illness and Behcet’s disease. With a BA in English, she’s using her skills to tell the stories of people like them.

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