Tom Turner- ROLL Model

Meet Tom Turner

Tom Turner was born on Sept 10th 1970 in Canandaigua, New York.  From the moment he came in to the world he was a fighter.  Tom was born with Spina Bifida.  According to the Mayoclinic.org Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. Spina bifida can occur in different forms: spina bifida occulta, meningocele or myelomeningocele. The severity of spina bifida depends on the type, size, location and complications. Life has had its share of challenges however Tom states that his great support system, both friends and family, have helped him through the difficult times. 

Staying active in his community is important for Tom. He is involved in many disability organizations such as The Greater Rochester Spina Bifida Association, the Center for Disability Rights and the Spina Bifida Youth Adult Alliance.  Beyond his work with non-profit organizations, Tom also enjoys live concerts and can typically be found at the local dirt track for stock car racing every weekend! 

Education is also important for Tom.  He is a graduate of Victor Senior High School and went on to obtain his associates degree in Humanities with a concentration in Broadcast communications. Tom is also going to be working with Rollin’ Wear in the future as a Brand Ambassador.   

 

Tom’s philosophy is “You’re not promised tomorrow so make the best of today!”