Scholarship Story: Meet Kellie Morris of Franklin, TN

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In 2012, Kellie Morris dove into a shallow lake and sustained a C7 spinal cord injury. Prior to her injury, she was involved in many different activities. She played rugby and basketball, and enjoyed hiking multiple times a week. She frequently went mountain biking and swimming with friends.  Since her injury, she has tried to stay as active as possible and works for Bass Pro Shops.  She applied to Will2Walk for a Scholarship in the first half of 2016 for support in obtaining an offroad hand cycle; her goal was to be more active and to once again enjoy an activity with family and friends.

Please describe your current daily life (e.g. employment, volunteer work, activities, family, etc.) 

My daily life varies from day to day. I currently have two jobs, Bass Pro Shops and a local recreation center. On the weekends I work for the basketball league at my fathers school by running the clock. I also just recently started playing wheelchair rugby and am having fun with that. When I’m not working I enjoy attending concerts.

Kellie Morris_1H16How did you hear of the Will2Walk Foundation?

I heard about the Will2Walk Foundation from Amanda Perla after attending Project Walk Orlando which is now NextStep Orlando Paralysis Recovery Center

How did you use the Will2Walk scholarship funds?

With the Will2Walk scholarship, I was able to purchase a han cycle.

 How has the Will2Walk scholarship enhanced your life?

The scholarship has enhanced my life because the bike is providing me with a different type of workout and has given me back the joy of riding a bike.

Do you have any words of advice for those living with injuries?

The best advice I can give is to just try and live your life. Don’t ever put doubt in yourself. Life is extremely different than prior to our injuries but we just have to make the best out of the situation.

See a video of Kellie riding her bike for the first time.

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