Woman of Distinction From The Village of Briarcliff Manor, Nikki Metzger
Ms. Metzger was nominated for the Women of Distinction award for her commitment to and strong passion for community service and leadership activities. When Ms. Metzger was 12 years old, her best friend was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Erythromelalgia (EM), and she knew that she had to find a way to help. A competitive ice skater since age six, Ms. Metzger founded the Fire & Ice Skate-a-Thon, an ice skating fundraiser to raise money for EM research. With the support of her community, Ms. Metzger has raised more than $43,000 over the past seven years. The money raised has been donated to three organizations that help those afflicted with rare medical illnesses. In addition to the Fire & Ice Skate-a-Thon, Ms. Metzger has also volunteered with the Special Olympics of Connecticut Team Greenwich for ice skating since the eighth grade. Ms. Metzger's passion for helping those with medical disorders stems from her own diagnoses. At the age of 12, Ms. Metzger was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, two chronic and rare medical disorders that present challenges on a daily basis. Ms. Metzger has always kept a positive outlook on life, despite medical obstacles, with others in similar situations. Throughout high school, Ms. Metzger has been a member of The National Honor Society, NYS Math Honor Society and has made High Honor Roll every quarter. She will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall to study engineering.