INMAN THANKS COUNSELORS
BY PEGGY GOETZ IRVINE WORLD NEWS
Many people thought Julie Inman’s life was over 26
years ago when she had a brain aneurysm while skiing
as a teenager and fell into a coma.
But with her own courage and the support of her
family and friends she not only learned to walk and
talk again but made a meaningful life for herself.
In 1985 Julie and her parents decided she wanted to
make an opportunity to give back some of the
support she credits with being behind her success. At
41 she says she knows she would not be where she is
today without her “cheering section.”
They established the Julie Inman Courage Award to
reward and encourage high school students who have
refused to be discouraged. The award went to a high
school senior who had overcome a major obstacle.
Julie expanded the awards program and in 2001
founded her non-profit organization Supportability. It
has a board of 11 and works all year long to raise
scholarship money for graduating high school students
who have had to overcome challenges.
There are 18 schools participating in the program.
This year the organization will give its 100th award,
which will raise its total to more than $100,000.
At a luncheon on March 14 at the Lucca restaurant in
Quail Hill, Julie thanked counselors from participating
high schools for helping to select scholarship winners.
Eunice Lee, one of the past recipients of a
Supportability award, graduated from University High
School with her class in 2004. She lapsed into a
coma with a rare brain disorder the summer before
her freshman year of high school and fought to regain
her life through more than 12 surgeries and endless
hours of rehabilitation, a small mountain of
prescription drugs, depression and a bout with
meningitis. She is now attending college.
“You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to
discourage them,” Lee said. “The Courage Award
helped keep my hope alive.”
Creekside High also participates in the program.
A new program that started last year at Villa Park
High School involves student Supportability Clubs on
high school campuses. The Villa Park club and one at
Foothill High in Tustin work to raise money for their
own scholarships and to support students on their