[VIDEO] Olivia Viroslav: 'Every One of Your Children Has a Good Future'

Olivia Viroslav graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX in the top third of her class with an A average for all 4 years. She was also on the A/B Honor Roll every semester. While in high school, she was very involved with her youth group at Temple Beth-EI and served as Vice President of Service and Vice President of Ritual and Observance.

She was presented as a Symphony Belle her senior year. She also participated in choir and Interact Club. She has attended Wellspring Camp for 4 years and was selected to serve as a mentor the past two years. She was also selected as a group leader for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. At 18, Olivia began her college career at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, majoring in Rehabilitative Science. She hopes to be a physical therapist in the future.

Click below to watch part of Olivia's keynote speech at the 2015 FPWR Research Conference: It Starts with Us.

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Susan Hedstrom


Susan Hedstrom is the Executive Director for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Passionate about finding treatments for PWS, Susan joined FPWR in 2009 shortly after her son, Jayden, was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Rather than accepting PWS as it has been defined, Susan has chosen to work with a team of pro-active and tireless individuals to accelerate PWS research in order to change the natural history of PWS. Inspired by her first FPWR conference and the team of researchers that were working to find answers for the syndrome, she hosted her first One SMALL Step walk in 2010 and began the development of the One SMALL Step walk program which now raises over $1.5 million a year for PWS research.