Meet Our Advocacy Team
Director of Advocacy
Hello fellow Spoonies! My name is Jaelin and I have CRPS and Trigeminal Neuralgia. Since I have been dealing with my chronic diseases for over 10 years, I have come to truly appreciate the online community that has brought me so much support through the most difficult times in my life. That's why I am excited to be leading the Advocacy Team for Fight Like A Warrior! Being young, sick and in pain can seem foreign and rare to some, but is a reality for far too many of us. I am passionate about working on public awareness campaigns and institutional policy changes to create real shifts that will make meaningful differences in our warriors' lives.
When I'm not working for FLAW, you can find me reading, crafting/painting, creating content for my personal Instagram account (@jaelinpalmer) or belting to Broadway show tunes with my sister. I have a degree in Public Policy and hope to work in the political sphere.
Hi! My name is Savannah Cooper and I am an Awareness Coordinator for Fight Like A Warrior. I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Tethered Cord Syndrome at 7 years old. For the last 5 1/2 years I have struggled with chronic kidney infections and other undiagnosed health complications.
I founded my own non-profit, SavSTRONG, and have found a passion in advocating for patients and families. I am a dancer, singer, and actress and will be pursuing my dreams by attending Baldwin Wallace University and majoring in Musical Theatre. I love F.L.A.W and all of my fellow warriors.
Here’s to changing the world!
Mary Ní Ghallachóir
Hello everyone! My name is Mary and I am a nineteen year old spoonie from Ireland. I was diagnosed with multiple disc herniations in my lumbar spine at the age of thirteen, and as a result have been left with a damaged spinal chord and have had to learn to walk again three times! I am also fighting Anorexia Nervosa and as a result am very passionate about ending the stigma around mental health issues and also advocating for chronic pain awareness!
I am a massive musical theatre nerd and never let my condition stop me from doing what I love as I brace the stage of Northern Ireland's biggest theatre every summer in their Professional Youth Production! I am currently in college studying pre-nursing and am loving every minute of it! I can't wait to be working out there as a qualified nurse and be able to help lots of physically and mentally ill teenagers with compassion and care, to feel like I am giving back to all of those who have helped me along my journey.
Hi! My name is Kaitlyn McInerney and I am an Awareness Coordinator for Fight Like a Warrior! In 2017 I was in a car accident that left me with a Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Concussive Syndrome, Aphasia, and Pseudoseizures. Since then I have had to re-learn how to walk, talk, read, write, and figure out how to navigate my new way of life. I’m excited to be a part of a community that celebrates ABILITY at all levels, promotes DIVERSITY, and insists on INCLUSION.
I am currently in college studying Psychology and Human Services. I wish to eventually earn my Masters Degree and become a Disability Rights Advocate. I have worked as a PTA at a rehabilitation hospital that helps treat patients who are in need of stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and pulmonary rehab. I am on the board of directors for the Capital Region Classic nonprofit that works to raise awareness and support research in the fight against Breast Cancer and Muscular Dystrophy. Outside of work you can find me hanging out with my family, doing DIY crafts, and making waffles!