Not even before she graduated high school, Claudia Longo was dealt a devastating blow to her collegiate soccer aspirations when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17. Her determined fighting spirit gave her the drive to push through her MS setbacks and ultimately landed her back on the field where she dreamed of playing. Claudia is an inspiration to anyone fighting through adversity and is a beacon of hope for those living with multiple sclerosis.
Claudia Longo is a talented soccer player and plays on the Women’s team for the University of Washington. Before she managed to graduate from high school, an MS diagnosis ended up turning her world upside down. Not wanting to waive the white flag of surrender, she persevered, and through hard work and dedication, got back onto the field for Washington. She recently receive the 2019 Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Award honoree by the Seattle Sports Commission, an award that is given each year "to an inspirational young athlete who has overcome major medical obstacles to inspire others."
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