For Lynch, directing this musical is anything but inconvenient.
“I grew up just wanting to play basketball,” Lynch said.
This essay contest was a small step in the process to expand conversations about mental health.
The ultimate goal is to get people thinking about mental health in new ways and connect more with others about this topic.
Stay tuned to read the winning essays in the weeks to come.
, attended two years of community college and lived at home before enrolling at Emerson College in Boston, 3,000 miles away from her family in Washington state.The songs for the musical are inspired by the participants’ essays, and the musical's themes draw from their real-life struggles living with hemophilia, which include: dealing with stigma, being ostracized and bullied and even how tell a date you have hemophilia.Cottonwood Heights native Samson Sperry knows well the misconceptions associated with hemophilia, having been diagnosed at age 5.Lynch, who has hemophilia himself, is very involved in the hemophilia community, hosting a popular web series called "Stop the Bleeding!" as well as a podcast called "Blood Stream." But perhaps his greatest venture is one that is coming to fruition this month.Los Angeles native Arther Scott, 20, who has severe , is content as a freshman at the University of Portland in his Oregon hometown.He has moved out of his parents’ house and now lives with a cousin.“I had a host of really significant challenges with my hemophilia growing up — I was out of school all the time, I was suffering from really bad bleeds often (and) I was missing out on social activities.“A kid who is affected by a bleeding disorder needs other things they can be incentivized to consider as forms of growth and socialization and ways to think outside of their school and prescribed environment," he continued.19 — is thrilled at the opportunity to participate in such an innovative experience.“I’m excited to spend time with 24 other kids with bleeding disorders and being able to work with these professional directors. to go out of their way and (put) time aside to work with us,” Sperry said.