Half Paralyzed, She's Taking on the Ultimate Trek

Half Paralyzed, She's Taking on the Ultimate Trek

Have you heard of 41-year-old Stacey Kozel who began hiking in March. She's more than halfway through the trail. Not just any trail, the Appalachian Trail that stretches for 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine through 14 states.



And oh, Stacey is paralyzed from the waist down. She was involved in a car accident and also an existing diagnosis of lupus. The combination of the two took away her ability to walk. She couldn’t roll over or even lift up her head.



Her legs still don't work, but she can swing her hips. That's when her cutting edge electronic braces take over. C-braces, which are computer powered, help her walk.



It had always been a dream for Stacey to hike the Appalachian Trail. It's a tough hike but she believes every step is worth it to achieve her goal and to defy the odds.



"Climbing up the mountain, it's tough. But once you get to the top, there's always these great views that make it all worth it," she says.



She expects to finish the trek in about a year. The time allows her to make new friends along the way who inspire her to go on. No matter what, step by step, she is getting there eventually.
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