The Disabilities Awareness Club hosted a paint night in Shippensburg University’s Ceddia Union Building Multipurpose Room on Thursday to spread awareness of Turner Syndrome.
Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition in females, which alters their developmental abilities. Females with this condition tend to be shorter than average and infertile.
Audrie Noll, 23, gave a presentation about Turner Syndrome and her story. Noll was diagnosed at the age of 17. She struggles with it, but always tries to find the positives in life. She found support in the Turner Syndrome Society.
“I found this society and I knew I wanted to get involved right away,” Noll said “There wasn’t one in Pennsylvania yet, so I wanted to start one here and meet other girls involved.”
The society gives her the opportunity to host events and spread the word about Turner Syndrome.
“I love it. It’s great to be able to meet others and we are all so similar, so it’s fascinating to see the similarities,” Noll said.
At the event, students painted butterflies to represent the Butterfly Society of Turner Syndrome Society of the U.S. as they listened to Noll’s presentation.
Junior Kelsey Kohler said, “We don’t know everything and it’s important to expose yourself to new perspectives and new things.”
Because Tuner Syndrome is a very rare diagnosis, students were eager to learn about it.
“This is my first time hearing of Turner Syndrome, so now I’m aware of more diagnoses. I learned a lot overall,” sophomore Mia Furby said.