Christina Mallon, diagnosed in 2014 at age 26

I was diagnosed with a rare form of ALS called flail arm syndrome when I was 26.

In the Spring of 2010, I began having symptoms of weakness in my hands. I had just graduated college and moved to New York City for my first job. Over the next 6 years, the weakness progressively got worse, leaving me completely paralyzed in my hands and arms. I’ve been able to thrive due to the kindness of others and on demand services like Uber, Taskrabbit and Glam Squad. I’m extremely passionate about the accessibility technology field, as certain technologies have greatly improved victims’ quality of life.