By Hannah Keller Flanery
UACCB Assistant to the Chancellor
Josh Bryant considered nursing as a career after high school but it wasn’t until his daughter was born with a rare disorder that he began to pursue his nursing degree. Bryant graduated from the registered nursing program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in December 2016.
“My daughter’s diagnosis with Angelman Syndrome really solidified my decision to become a nurse. We decided we were going to be very proactive in her treatment and get her all the opportunities that a normal child would have,” Bryant said.
According to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, Angelman Syndrome is a severe neurological disorder characterized by profound developmental delays, problems with motor coordination and balance, seizures and delayed development of functional speech. It is caused by the absence or mutation of Chromosome 15. Bryant said the third annual Macy’s Stroll and Roll was held in April at Riverside Park. The event is an annual fundraiser named after his daughter used to raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome. All proceeds go to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. The event raised $11,000 this year. Along with 4-year-old Macy, Bryant and his wife Ronda also have a son, Miller and a daughter, Emma.
Originally from Springdale, Bryant moved to Batesville with his family about four years ago. Before moving to the area, Bryant had worked in sports marketing management for New Line Media. “I realized what I liked about working in marketing was helping people. I decided I wanted a career that would have more of an impact in people’s lives,” he said.
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