McKenna Woodhead

"Although it can be a struggle to keep pushing forward, my fellow recipients continually inspire me with their strength and dedication. I would not be who and where I am today without the endless support of every single person that contributes to the Ripple Effect."

McKenna was an active teenager who excelled in soccer but also enjoyed recreational sports. In June of 2018 she was in a jet ski accident and broke her neck leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. This lifechanging injury left her using a wheelchair for mobility but also brought new opportunities. She learned to water ski, snow ski, play wheelchair rugby and to play tennis. She was so motivated by those who helped her get back to herself after her injury that she wanted to inspire others. Adaptive sports and motivational speaking help her greatly with both her physical and mental strength. McKenna volunteers with the Trauma Survivors Network at Atrium Health Hospital. She loves being able to connect with people who are dealing with recent spinal cord injuries. McKenna understands that they are likely going through the toughest time in their lives and enjoys being able to motivate and serve as a positive example for them to emulate