Being an athlete has always been an important aspect of my life. I competed in both high school and college athletics. Once I graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2000, I came back to Utah to marry my best friend, pursue a career in advertising, and become a mom. Life was going exactly as planned.
In 2002, when I was 25 yrs old, I was a passenger in an auto accident that broke my back, injuring my spine, and leaving me paralyzed from the hips down. Life was completely out of my control. Little by little, I began to learn how to “live” again and knew that my life was not over! I made a mental check list of all of the things that I wanted to do again. One of the things that was high on that list was to play basketball again. The first time that I came out to see the Wheelin’ Jazz practice, i was amazed at how much talent there was out on the floor. It was awesome!
Right now being a parent comes first. Currently we have 2 children, Carter and Kindra. They keep me crazy busy but I still find time to get out on my hand-cycle, which I use to participate in marathons, ski, and to get out to shoot some hoops with my son.
Playing with the wheelin jazz is a very important goal for me because I recognize it’s importance in many aspects of life. It proves and shows that anything is possible and that nothing should ever stop us from pursuing our dreams and passions. We all need to find the ability within our own personal disability. Seeing others who do it, living with harder challenges than our own, helps us to do that.