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Amanda Joens

"Thank you so much for providing me with this life-changing scholarship, and to the donors that help contribute to my college tuition."

On January 12, 2022, Amanda sustained a C5 spinal cord injury while in the middle of a wrestling match resulting in paralysis from the shoulders down. Following weeks of vigorous therapy, Amanda was able to regain strength and mobility in a short period of time. Prior to her injury, Amanda was an active participant of wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As of today, she has regained mobility without the need of any assistive equipment. Daily, she follows a strict workout regimen to continue to work on regaining her muscle strength and flexibility. In her free time, she enjoys hobbies that fulfill her passion for physical fitness and creativity whether it be hiking, camping, reading, watching a good Ryan Reynolds movie, or painting with Bob Ross. She feels blessed to be part of the Swim With Mike family and looks forward to pursuing her dream of completing her college education.