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    Obama signs Med Student White Coat


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MedAlzheimer is a medical student and he had the chance to meet President Obama on September 7, in Iowa City, Iowa. He asked the President if he would sign his medical coat. 'He gave a "great idea" kind of look and looked in his pockets. No sharpie. So he turned around in the midst of the chaos to find a sharpie which his assistant then handed him. He started signing his name and then added "I'm writing Go Obamacare on your coat!"' he said. He says he supports the Affordable Care Act. 'I am a big supporter,' he said. 'particularly the removal of pre-existing condition exclusions, allowing children stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, improving and encouraging preventive care, and last but not least improving senior care, especially in those with Alzheimer's disease.' Photographer Alan denBleyker captured these photos.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    President Obama after giving a campaign speech in Iowa City signed the white coat of a medical student at the Carver University of Iowa College of Medicine. He wrote "Go Obamacare!" after signing his name in support of his 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This future physician will have a great story to share with patients in the coming years.


    Daniel Borbon (2LT, U.S. Army) who also met the President as a medical student that day said, "It was special for me as an Army soldier and child of immigrants to personally thank my Commander In Chief for what he's done to protect immigrant rights and improve international relations."


    Giurgius is doing his part to fight for seniors, especially those with Alzheimer's disease as founder of a new nonprofit TheYouthMovement.org (@TheAlzYouth). His aim is to raise young peoples' level of respect and compassion for those who are older. "Old people are just young people from the past." states Giurgius, casually. He and his co-founder, Shweta Balakrishnan, and UCLA Chapter President Lisa Ding are working with the Alzheimer's Association National Office and Los Angeles Office (@ALZsucks) along with the American Society on Aging (@ASAging) to get more students involved in the field of aging.


    Toure Roberts, one of Giurgius' best friends, changed Giurgius' life when he shared with him a new perspective on aging.  "The older generation tells the younger generation, "You're doing it wrong." And the younger generation tells the older generation, "You're out of style." It's not suppose to be like that, the youth should tell his elder: "With your gray hair, and my strong legs, we can WALK with WISDOM," teaches Roberts. (@ToureRoberts, motivational speaker in 150+ nations)


    Advisors of his Giurgius' nonprofit include Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD (Appointed by Obama to the National Council on Disability, Appointed by Clinton as First Assistant Secretary on Aging in the United States, and Dean at the UCLA School of Public Affairs), Gary Small MD (@DrGarySmall, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, author of iBrain and The Alzheimer's Prevention Program), Karen J Miller, PhD (UCLA Neuropsychologist) Susan Galeas (CEO, Alzheimer's Association Southern California Chapter), Melissa Goldman (Alzheimer's Association Advisor), Isaac Yang MD (UCLA Neurosurgeon), Larry Butcher PhD (Director, UCLA Gerontology Programs), Maxine Picard (World-renowned Photgrapher), and Emmy-winning reporter Meryl Comer (President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative and Advisor of USagainstAlzheimers.org)


    Group Photo LEFT to RIGHT: Elizabeth Bowen, Eboni Jones, Deep Bhatt, Dana Van Der Heide, Anthony Berger, Shadee Giurgius, Daniel Borbon, Alex AJ Hall


    Photos courtesy of Alan denBleyker

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