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Eighteen-year-old Jonathan rides shotgun on the journey from Panama City's national airport to the villas where Elon University's iMedia students are staying for the week. Jonathan won a gold and a silver medal in gymnastics at this past year's Special Olympics.

Nikon D-90, ISO: 500, 1/40s, f/5

For the next 8 days, I will be in Panama with 8 iMedia classmates working on a public good project.  We will be working with the Crystal Children Foundation, which helps people in Panama suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta.  For those of you who don’t know about OI, it is a rare genetic bone disease that occurs because of the way in which collagen is produced in the bones.  The people of Panama have little to no treatment for this disease and have to travel to the United States and other surrounding countries to get what they need.  For some, this works, but for most who live in poverty, this doesn’t cut it.  The goal of our trip is to get their story out there, raise awareness among doctors and physicians and get help for the kids and adults suffering from this horrible ailment.


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