During the month of October, young adults from around the country signed in and logged on to a webinar hosted by the National Leadership Council and included athletes, celebrities and activists who talked about the benefits they now have access to due to the Affordable Care Act.
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One of the participants Donald Jones, New England Patriots Wide Receiver, announced he will be retiring from the NFL because of a kidney disease that he has had for his entire life.“As some of you may know, I have been suffering from a kidney disease throughout my entire life,” Jones wrote. “As a result of recent advances in my disease, I am no longer able to pursue my career in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream of mine, and though I have the opportunity to continue my career, stepping away from the game is absolute best decision for my family and for my health.”
It is because of his health condition that made it important for him to be apart of this Promoting Wellness of Youth and Young Adults panel. Jones stated that he wanted to help promote resources that others like him can achieve success despite health issues.
Towanda Braxton, Actress and Singer, star of hit reality-show Braxton Family Values and member of the Braxtons, female R&B group, graduated from Historically Black College and University, Bowie State University, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Towanda starred in the broadway play Dreamgirls and is the leading character in the second season of Starting Over. Towanda and the Braxton Family have battled Autism, Diabetes and Lupus and find health and resilience through family, spirituality and singing.