Challenge: Spina Bifida

Sports: Track, Basketball, Surfing, Skating, Tennis

Bio:Luzi is an 11 eleven years old girl overcoming Spina bifida. Luzi lived her first six years of life in Kansas City with many surgeries and procedures and zero support groups. Luzi and her family were hopeless and never imagined Luzi to live a healthy and active life. At age 7, Luzi and family decided to move to California in hopes for a better quality of life for Luzi. Shortly after moving, Luzi met many wheely friends who were part of CAF family and thru them they learned about the CAF triathlon and decided to visit. That weekend was sure one for the books. Luzi met so many friends, and felt happy and welcomed surrounded by many kids just like her.

That year Luzi learned about the CAF grants and applied for the first time in 2015 for a WCMX wheelchair. When Luzi received her chair she gained a sense of freedom and independence. Her new WCMX Mike Box chair allowed her to move differently in her chair which allowed her to try different sports. Luzi is now very involved in WCMX and has placed 2nd in her division at the 2018 WCMX competition. Luzi also enjoys wheelchair basketball, tennis and surfing. Her confidence since receiving her chair is now thru the roof which has also allowed her to do national commercials and photo shoots for many very well known companies. Luzi’s goal is to give other kids in wheelchairs hope and to show them that they too can dream big and do great things.

Luzi and family are so thankful for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Luzi went from living a disabled life and now she is very much ABLE & THRIVING! Luzi is not confined to a wheelchair, Luzi is living and loving life with the help of her wheelchair! Thank you CAF!

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