Clayce Reid of Great Falls, South Carolina, spent his childhood in and out of doctors' offices. First diagnosed with asthma, things changed drastically when Clayce received open-heart surgery at nine years old. His dreams of playing sports and participating in marching band were over, yet he didn't let the surgery define him.
Clayce became the equipment manager for his school's marching band, cheering the band and traveling with them to games. He grew his leadership skillset by joining the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, where he now serves as Drill Commander. "For a kid who couldn’t do any physical activities because of his heart," Clayce wrote in his essay, "I think I’ve touched the hearts of many."
Richie's Spirit Foundation congratulates Clayce Reid on being selected a finalist, and we wish him luck as his essay enters the final found of review. Please stay tuned for the announcement of scholarship winners coming in May.