AccelSPINE Joins Disney, Steve Harvey and ESSENCE in Youth Outreach

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AccelSPINE Joins Disney, Steve Harvey and ESSENCE in Youth Outreach

Program Encourages Students to Dream Big, Achieve Career Goals

DALLAS, TX / / ACCESSWIRE / April 29, 2014 / What do Walt Disney World, Steve Harvey, ESSENCE magazine and AccelSPINE have in common? They all care about "unlocking the potential in young people and enabling them to imagine their futures anew," which is the purpose behind the Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA). The national, community outreach program is held every spring at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and AccelSPINE employees Glen Battle and Estella Baytan participated in this year's four-day event. The program was created in 2008 by Walt Disney World in partnership with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine.

During DDA, 100 select high school students (ages 13-19) are inspired, motivated and instructed on how to set goals, make plans and "dream big" through interactive career workshops, motivational talks and networking opportunities. This is the first year AccelSPINE has participated, and its employees were the only representatives for the spine care industry. During the program, Battle and Baytan shared their career experiences and conducted a hands-on workshop for a group of aspiring teens with an interest in neurosurgery. Battle is a spine associate with AccelSPINE, where he provides product demonstrations, education and other support for surgeons. Baytan is the vice president of marketing and clinical operations for AccelSPINE, where she oversees the company's internal and external communications.

"Being a part of the Disney Dreamers Academy was amazing. We're so thankful that they invited us to participate. It's really moving to see that many motivated students who are working toward a better future. Walt Disney World, Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine have created a wonderful program that makes such a difference to so many, and we're honored to have been a part of it this year," said Baytan.

Community service is an integral part of AccelSPINE. Its employees are actively involved in a number of worthy causes, such as Spinal Cord Research Society, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, LIVESTRONG Foundation and other health-related organizations; Compassion International; ASPCA; International Justice Mission; 5Point5 Liters; homeless shelters; and youth mentorship programs. As a company, AccelSPINE also participates in medical mission trips abroad.

"In January, several of us went on a medical mission trip to Ethiopia in collaboration with other companies and medical personnel. AccelSPINE donated medical devices that surgeons used in pro bono procedures, and we helped educate local physicians in hopes that they would continue providing on-going, much needed medical care," stated Daniel Chon, AccelSPINE president and CEO.

AccelSPINE is a national medical device company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company designs, develops and manufactures spinal implants and instruments that are tailored to fit the unique needs of surgeons and patients. For more information, call 800-713-9489 or visit
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Photo caption: AccelSPINE President and CEO Daniel Chon (center) shows Ethiopian physicians some of the medical devices his company donated to help them provide much needed medical care.

Contact: Krista Simmons, [email protected], 817-492-9143