My name is Monica Johnson and I am currently a sophomore electrical engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin. I was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Allen,TX when I was seven years old. I have a younger sister who's 15 and a younger brother who's 9.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was just 5 years old and have tried many different types of medications and procedures to get me to where I am today. I am proud to say I am living a healthy and normal college life, well as normal as any IBD patient can have, and am so grateful to be where I am today.
Having this disease for so long has greatly impacted the person I am today and my strength and outlook on life. I have participated in many events to help raise awareness and fundraise money to help find a cure for this disease. Many of these events include Take Steps, Putt for a Purpose, bowl-a-thons and the gala. I also used to be a camper at Camp Oasis and am interested in becoming a counselor very soon. I have volunteered for my local North Texas Chapter for almost 7 years and have recently been involved with the South Texas Chapter while at school. I have been named Honored Hero at one of the annual Take Steps walks in Dallas as well as the Youth Ambassador. This year I plan to start training for the Team Challenge race in Kona, Hawaii which takes place next summer and as a practice race I hope to start a Campus Challenge team on my own campus. I have been a member of the National Council of College Leaders for one year now and it has been so inspiring to be able to work with such amazing people and actually be able to contribute to the CCFA community.