SHIFT Scoliosis for the July 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 12th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Sami Petersen (SHIFTscoliosis in SL), who will present to NPC on her personal journey, her org’s mission and the power of digital storytelling. Sami was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, underwent spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15, and now at the age of 16, is the founder of the nonprofit Shift Scoliosis. SHIFT Scoliosis’ video won for the Best in Health category in the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Contest. 

About Sami Petersen: 

Sami Petersen is 16 years old and the founder of SHIFT Scoliosis. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11 and underwent spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15 to correct her then 60 degree scoliosis curve.  She is now fused from thoracic level 3 to lumbar level 4 – almost her whole back!  Her curve was corrected to just 9 degrees and she no longer in extreme pain. The experience inspired her to give back to the scoliosis community and help others, while spreading awareness and educating others about the condition. She started SHIFT Scoliosis in order to make those goals come true! 


About SHIFT Scoliosis:

SHIFT Scoliosis believes every person is beautiful and perfect just the way they are regardless of whether or not they have health problems. Our goals are to provide information and support for individuals and families who are impacted by scoliosis. Our second goal is to provide education to those not touched by scoliosis to create a strong and supportive world community. By promoting knowledge of scoliosis and how it impacts those who are affected, we hope to encourage a better understanding of this condition which changes the lives of so many.


Join us in Second Life!


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 12th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater



    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation – Sami Petersen / SHIFTscoliosis

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements


The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir