Rimany, Gunnery raises funds for research
The Kent resident was diagnosed with the rare disease at 11 after she broke her foot. The pain eventually changed from bone pain to skin pain.
While she wasn't ashamed of her condition, she didn't want to talk about it, and be defined by it, with her classmates.
At the school, Kori showed up for class, participated in school activities, and became an active member in the community, showing very little sign of her medical condition.
Her success and stoic character inspired her to go further.
"I wanted to do something to help other kids who have been diagnosed," she said. "I had such a great support system both with my family and at The Gunnery."
With this in mind, Kori spearheaded a campus-wide, fundraising initiative. She and her friends made 150 cupcakes (others were donated) and sold them at lunch and dinner.
She also addressed the school at a school meeting, explaining what CRPS is.
Kori exceeded her goal of $300 by raising $1,150.
With the monies raised, she put together care packages for other patients diagnosed with CRPS.
"I am working with my pain doctor who has a list of patients," she said. "He has a lot of connections to people who could benefit from these packages."
"As patients come up," Kori added, "I will personalize a basket. I am going to focus on teenage girls."
This passion and enthusiasm was contagious as other students initiated fundraising efforts to help Kori's cause.
The Gunnery prefects, inspired by her efforts, sold pizzas in the dorms at night. Soon, they presented her with a check for $260.