Chelsie Hill’s dream since the age of three, has been to dance and by age four was winning state and national dance competitions. In her senior year, she was a passenger in a drunk driving accident which left her a T10 Paraplegic. Through her positive outlook on life, Chelsie is determined to not let her injury stop her from being true to her passions and follow her dream to dance. She has also become an inspiring speaker, spreading awareness of the tragic consequences drunk and distracted driving have. She is a featured character on the new hit Reality-Docu series on the Sundance Channel, “Push Girls” and was featured in the May 2012 issue of Seventeen Magazine. Chelsie is a Co-Founder of the Walk and Roll Foundation and Team HotWheelz. For more information please visit www.ChelsieHill.com
February 13, 2012 Maria's life changed for ever, after getting in the car with somebody who had been drinking she was told that she had suffered a Spinal Cord injury at L1 meaning she would never feel nor move her legs again. Maria pushed herself to gain her independence back and found the Walk and Roll foundation during the process.
Kaitlyn was involved in a car accident the middle of her senior year in high school. This accident left her paralyzed from her stomach down. She no longer has the physical ability to run anymore which was her favorite hobby before the accident, she was on the track team with a varsity letter every year before that. Along with running she enjoyed tennis, volleyball and cheerleading. She didn't let her new life of being in a wheelchair stop her from feeling athletic and active! She still works out on a daily basis and picked up new hobbies! She loves swimming for exercise as well as dancing on the new "Team Hotwheelz" and is now roommates with 2 of the teammates! She admits to being a reckless driver before her accident with many bad habits behind the wheel and realizes she was an accident waiting to happen. She shares her personal story with hopes to encourage other to see the importance of safety driving skills.
Patrick Ivison was backed over by a distracted driver when he was 14 months old. He sustained a C4/5 incomplete spinal cord injury and the doctors told his mom that he would never walk again and would need 24/7 care for the rest of his life. Now 18, Patrick is a sponsored adaptive surfer and has been featured on E! Entertainment, MTV, Fuel TV, the Today Show and countless other local, national and international media networks. Patrick walked across the stage at his high school graduation to accept his diploma. He fulfilled his dream in front of a standing ovation from his class and their families, as well as millions of people watching on TV. Aside from being an athlete Patrick speaks to schools, churches and other groups about living life to the fullest and never taking life for granted. He talks about all of the incredible things he has been able to experience despite being in a wheelchair. He is a freshman at USC School of Cinematic Arts majoring in Film and Television Production. His favorite quote is “Don’t be afraid your life will end, be afraid it will never begin!”
Kaela Lebow is a nineteen-year-old college sophomore who is majoring in Journalism with a minor in psychology. With this she hopes to pursue a career in Motivational speaking. Kaela was born with Cerebral Palsy, resulting in her having to live with the challenges of her disability, her whole life. Because of this, she is able to provide others, with or without disabilities, a unique perspective. Kaela has made it her mission to motivate, inspire, and educate others on the importance of appreciating what they were given as she wasn’t given the ability to use one of her arms and legs. She loves riding horses, writing, and traveling nationwide playing sports such as Power Soccer. It is Kaela’s motto that “It’s not the cards you are dealt, but it’s how you play them that matters. If you want it bad enough, nothing is impossible.”