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TSA Youth Ambassador Tyler Bloch appears on the July 2nd and July 11th episode of the Food Network series "Chopped" in the episode "Teen Invasion."

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TSA Youth Ambassador Appears on "Chopped"

James Durbin with LITSA member
TSA Youth Ambassador Tyler Bloch appears
TSA Youth Ambassador Tyler Bloch spread incredible national awareness about Tourette Syndrome to a vast audience of viewers on the July 2nd and July 11th episode of the Food Network series "Chopped" in the episode "Teen Invasion." Tyler was trained as a TSA Youth Ambassador in 2012 (his brother Jared was also trained as a TSA YA in 2011). At 14 years old, Tyler has so many interests and passions, one of which is cooking. He started getting inspired watching cooking shows on the Food Network. After watching many episodes of the show called "Chopped," Tyler thought, "Wow, they should do a teen episode," and went on their website to inquire. About six months later, he discovered that they just finished taping one teen episode and were in the process of casting for a second teen episode. Eager to get on the show, Tyler completed a casting application with the hopes of securing an interview. After not hearing back within the week, Tyler took it upon himself to contact the casting director himself. To his surprise, the "Chopped" casting director called him back and he had his first phone interview which was later followed by a second on-camera interview in Manhattan. Several months later he was told he didn't make the cut but that it was very close. As luck would have it, a month later, he received notification that he indeed made it to the final level of casting and they wanted him for the show. According to Tyler, "The entire 'Chopped' journey mimicked reality; there were rejections, there were acceptances, and there were times when hard work and diligence paid off." Tyler said in one of his interviews, "At the age of 7 I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. It's really a blessing because I wouldn't be who I was today if I didn't have it." He wanted to show that if you put your mind to doing something, anything is possible. In the first round, the teen chefs were asked to create an appetizer out of grapefruit, tuna loin, hen of the woods mushrooms and graham cracker cereal. We are so proud of Tyler!


Longtime TSA Medical Advisor Presents at APA Meeting

This past week TSA Medical Advisor Cathy Budman, M.D., attended the Annual American Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco where she co-chaired a symposium entitled "Update on Tourette Syndrome: Does One Size Fit All" with Erica Greenberg, M.D, a third year psychiatry resident at Harvard's McClean program. Other speakers in the symposium included TSA medical advisors Drs. Barbara Coffey, John Walkup and Carol Mathews. It was very well attended and was videotaped for inclusion in the APA's annual CME program which is a very nice recognition and honor. Dr. Budman also presented a poster at the APA highlighting the interim analyses of the "Open label, multi-center clinical trial of a novel treatment for tics in adults with Tourette's Disorder using the Dopamine D1 and D5 receptor antagonist ecopipam" a study in which National TSA co-funded with Psyadon Pharmaceuticals.
James Durbin with LITSA member
LI-TSA member meets James Durbin backstage at Nassau Coliseum


James Durbin Overcomes Tourette's to Steal the Show on American Idol

The top 11 of the American Idol Summer Tour 2011 hit the stage at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Tuesday, August 23. Finalist James Durbin is an inspiration to those with Tourette Syndrome — true to form, he met with LITSA members backstage.

Read his story

Morgan Brown receiving Award
Morgan Brown receiving Award

Morgan Brown Raises $6,239.36

One of our very own child members, Morgan Brown helped raise $6,239.36 for our Chapter in 2010 when she was only 7 years old. Here she receiving an award for her outstanding achievement by Jane Zwilling.

Jennifer Zwilling receiving BR!CK Award
Long Island's Jennifer Zwilliing accepting BR!CK Award

Jennifer Zwilling in People Magazine

Jennifer Zwilling was recently featured in 2008 People "Heroes Among Us" Awards. (Click for pdf)

The article spotlights Jen's founding of TSA's Youth Ambassador program.

Jennifer Zwilling and TSA Youth Ambassador Program Featured on Doritos

Doritos packaging features a photograph and profile of each BR!CK Award winner and finalist. The Doritos brand announced that it will recognize BRICK award winning inspirational individuals by sharing their stories with millions on bags of Doritos tortilla chips. (Click for article from early 2008)


Lee Gochman with Congressman Steve Israel
Long Island's Lee Gochman with Congressman Steve Israel

Dix Hills Teen Lobbies on Capitol Hill for Tourette Syndrome

On April 3, 2008 Lee Gochman, a 15 year old from Dix Hills, met with Representative Steve Israel as well as other NY Representatives and Senators in Washington, DC. Lee provided our representatives with information about TS. (Click for article)

Westbury Reisdent Volunteers at Tourette Association Event
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Westbury Resident Volunteers at Tourette Association Event

On June 9 with blue skies overhead, the Long Island chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association (LI-TSA) sponsord a carnival-like atmosphere for families from all over Long Island..... (Click for article)

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