McGuire is a student at Clemson University and has been an active member of the AAIDA family since 2018. McGuire grew up dancing, both as a way of physical therapy and also as a way to escape from all things health related. Her ultimate goal in being apart of AAIDA is to prevent kids from going through some of the things she has gone through and give kids the knowledge of how to advocate for themselves from a young age. The beads McGuire is holding in the picture above are the story of her senior year of high school. It tells the tale of all the shots, treatments and surgeries she underwent over the course of a few months.
During AAIDA’s 1st Annual Educational Fundraiser, McGuire was a guest speaker, giving her perspective as a young adult patient living with a chronic immune condition. McGuire and her mother, Karin Shaffer, have been active volunteers with AAIDA since it’s inception in 2017. AAIDA welcomed McGuire onto the Board in 2019.