Challenge: Above Knee Amputee
Sports: Swimming, Alpine Skiing and Sailing
Bio:Kelly has always lived an active lifestyle. She participated in soccer, lacrosse, alpine skiing, sailing, swimming and gymastics. In 2012, two months after her tenth birthday, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and six surgeries including the amputation of her left leg through the knee, she quickly resumed her busy schedule. She finished Chemo in May, and walked the survivor lap at Relay for Life on her new prosthetic leg a week later. A month later, she attended her first CAF mobility clinic in New York City. This clinic changed her life. She put down the crutches she no longer needed, walked confidently and even took a few running steps. After that, Kelly had a busy summer sailing and riding her bike with friends.
CAF remains a part of Kelly’s life and helps her accomplish her goals. She swims on her high school’s Varsity Swim and Dive team against able bodied competitors. She also competes adaptively in swimming, skiing and sailing. Kelly has proudly run for team CAF in several 5K races. She uses a special running knee granted by CAF in order to remain an active and healthy teenager. One of the most important things CAF gave to Kelly was an amazing “family.” The Challenged Athletes team showed her that she isn’t alone and can overcome any obstacle. She has met many great friends and mentors in this amazing community. Today Kelly tackles her opportunities thanks to the support and inspiration she found through CAF. She has gone scuba diving, zip lining, hiking, climbed a Mayan temple, swam with nurse sharks and competed in the CAF San Diego Triathlon Challenge three times.