Arguably no stranger to adversity, Alyssa Simmons was birthed into advocacy. Born with Sickle Cell Disease, Alyssa knows firsthand the challenges that come with a disability. Spending much time in and out of hospitals and coping with pain management, Alyssa is no stranger to the mental, physical, emotional, and psychological challenges that reside from living with a disability. Therefore, she chooses to focus on helping others rather than focusing on herself. From an early age, Alyssa started advocating and becoming the face for change among her peers and even adults. She was determined to “Live by Design and Not by Diagnosis”. By the age of nine, she had already cemented several Public Advocacy Appearances, by appearing on Trinity Broadcast Network Show, “Joy in Our Town”. In addition, she followed this by bringing awareness about sickle cell disease though radio interviews, appearing in local newspapers “Orange County Register” and “Tri-County Bulletin”, all while creating an outreach tutoring programs for hospitalized children, through the Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County. In 2011, she took a step further and decided to reach within her personal arsenal and appeared on several “Life Stream Blood Mobiles” with her family in unity and recorded a Public Service Awareness Video, promoting “Bleeding by Example”.
Alyssa has shown that is she not ready to stop, she has only begun. In 2016, she was awarded “The Prudential Spirit of Volunteerism Award and represented the State of California as a State Honoree, by attending Washington D.C., with 50 other State Representatives, meeting with Congress to discuss their charitable causes. In the same year, she was acknowledged by President Obama, California State Assemblyman/William P Brough, and Senator Patricia C. Bates. Alyssa has shown that she’s willing and committed too, breaking down barriers for those living with disabilities and displaying that they too deserve a seat at the table. She is currently a fellow at The Coehlo Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
For Alyssa, "the sky is the limit" and everything is "temporary"