This fundraiser is dedicated in honor of our friend and teammate, Christina Tournant. For those of you that are unaware of her story, Christina suffered from an autonomic disorder known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS for short. POTS is just one of many autonomic disorders that fall under the category of Dysautonomia. However, she was so much more than just her disease. Christina was the valedictorian of our high school, she was a member of all 6 honor societies and a state qualifier in two separate sports; she eventually went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and swam on the NCAA Division 2 college team there. When her symptoms intensified, she found herself unable to complete swim practices and made the decision to switch to the diving team, taking up the sport for the first time in her life. She qualified for regionals later that season. In December of 2015, her symptoms became unbearable and she was forced to take a medical leave of absence from school and return home. She suffered from an abnormally high heart rate upon standing, exercise intolerance, chronic fatigue, dizziness, fainting, brain fog, diminished concentration, anxiety, numbness, pain in her extremities and gastric colitis coupled with severe bloating. After a couple days of being home, she voluntarily gave up her fight against POTS. She was an incredible person, but an even more incredible friend and we all miss the shining light she brought to our lives very dearly. POTS is actually a fairly common disease that suffers from a general lack of awareness in both the regular community and the medical community. Average diagnosis time for a patient with this disease is six years. Six years of indecisiveness, frustration, ineffective pain treatment and most importantly, depression. We don’t just want to change that, we NEED to change that and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to get where we need to be in order for that change to happen. For this to happen, this fundraising page is a method of both increasing funds and increasing awareness; which are key factors in bringing about positive change for patients with Dysautonomia. Our friend voluntarily gave up her fight due to a feeling of hopelessness that her condition would never improve and that there would be no effective treatment offered in the immediate future for her condition. We don’t want ANYONE else to feel the way she did. Please consider helping us in this mission. No donation is too small and if you are unable to donate, please share it with all of your friends in an effort to get the word out. This truly can make a difference in someone’s life. A difference that could very easily mean life or death. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this, you have no idea how much it means to each and every one of us!