Dr. Anna Hackenberg
Physical Challenge: Paraplegic
Sport: Hand cycling
Dr. Anna Hackenberg is an Urgent Care doctor at Sharp Rees-Stealy in San Diego. In April 2017, Anna was walking with friends at Torrey Pines State Beach when a chunk of sea bluff fell on her, breaking her spinal cord and paralyzing her from the chest down. Although devastated, Anna was grateful to be alive. Shortly after her injury, she was introduced to the Challenged Athletes Foundation from Paralympian and mentor Alana Nichols who guided Anna through her recovery. In just six months from her accident, Anna was surprised at San Diego Triathlon Challenge with a CAF-granted handcycle. Before she was injured she was training for the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. In June 2018, Anna conquered the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – her first as a handcyclist. People Magazine and the San Diego Union Tribune covered her journey.
In The Media:
Union Tribune: Local woman will race in marathon a year after paralyzing accident
Union Tribune: An ‘emotional’ wheelchair finale in San Diego Marathon
Challenged Athletes Live Q&A with Bob Babbitt: Episode Sixteen | Dr. Anna Hackenberg