SOUTHFIELD, MI – November 1, 2021 – Buckfire Law is pleased to announce Gracie Bond of Cottage Grove, Minn., has been named this year’s recipient of the 2021 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is committed to helping students reach their goals. Realizing the financial road block many students face in pursuit of higher education, the family-owned firm established a scholarship award in 2013 committed to helping students with disabilities or injuries in their pursuit of their degree.
Bond is in her second year as a full-time PSEO student, who is committed to play softball at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. She will be majoring in accounting, with plans to attend Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the future.
Bond was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 11. “For as long as I can remember, I have had at least one tic,” Bond said. “Once I received the diagnosis, it was like a weight was lifted.”
After Bond received her official diagnosis, she and her parents realized Tourette syndrome was very different than how it was portrayed in the media.
“My heart sank, knowing people with the same condition as me are ridiculed,” Bond said. “Misinformation around Tourette’s is so present. Not every person has the same tic, whether that is verbal or physical, they all look different.
“I had been told from the beginning my Tourette’s could affect my ability to pitch in softball,” Bond said. “I knew if I worked hard enough, there may be a chance. I worked on focus, determination and overall grit. Pitching is now the only time where I can hold off a tic for a moment, in order to get through one pitch at a time.”
In addition to playing softball, Bond also spends her time educating others on what Tourette’s syndrome looks like outside of media representation.
“Gracie is an inspiration. I am impressed by her honesty and her determination,” said Lawrence J. Buckfire, President and Lead Trial Attorney at Buckfire Law. “I couldn’t be more proud to name her our Buckfire Law Disability Scholarship winner this year.”
Every year, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. awards one student with the $1,000 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship. The scholarship is available to a student of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.
Founded in 1969, Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. recognizes that most people are stressed and overwhelmed after a serious injury or unexpected death and don’t know where to turn. Buckfire Law Firm provides superior legal representation and helps them from start to finish. Our clients receive fair compensation and get peace of mind. The firm offers four separate academic scholarships annually for students wanting to continue their education. For more information on the scholarship program, visit our page.
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