Challenge: Above Knee Amputee
Sports: Swimming, Running
Bio: Unfortunately at the age of 5 Karlee Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Fought hard with chemo and then got worse news that the cancer lead into a secondary bone cancer and she was going to have to have her left leg amputated 2 inches above her knee. She fought a hard road of rehabilitation and depression and decided that having a prosthetic leg was not going to stop her do what she loved most, swim.
Karlee has done multiple competitions with her swim team, has signed up for several open water swims and challenged herself to do the toughest swim yet in Hawaii this last year at Hawaii’s open rough water swim. Although she didn’t finish she did realize that training is key and to keep fighting for what your dreams are.
Karlee has also competed in a couple half marathons and a couple triathlons. Running has always been her biggest challenge but with training 3 days a week with her coach and building her strength and endurance she knows everyday will get that much easier for her to sign up for many more challenges.
Karlee hopes one day she will be able to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in swimming.