Having an opportunity to work with Dr. Kennedy’s team over the past 8 years has given me a unique perspective on seeing things come full circle. I was first his patient when I was a senior in high school after a baseball injury, and ultimately started to do research with him as an undergraduate in college. When I first started, there was certainly no shortage of ambitious ideas, but there was no team of fellows from all over the world, and only a small amount of funding available. It’s amazing how much the group has grown since that time and this is due in no small part to the support that we’ve continued to receive from our grateful benefactors. I’m currently a 2nd (almost 3rd) year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and have been fortunate to participate in many of the exciting projects that Dr. Kennedy’s group has performed both clinically and in the lab. In this regard, I’ve had the opportunity to publish over 50 manuscripts and give over 100 podium and poster presentations at conferences all over the world. Recently, I was fortunate to have been selected as a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare for 2016, which was simply a recognition received on behalf of our entire team and the work we’ve been able to do. My experience has been uniquely satisfying, and I’ve now been the recipient of innovative surgery and also participated in the research to further Dr. Kennedy’s mission. Thanks so much for your continued support!