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Abigail Curtis

Independence, KY

Cedarville University

Nursing

Abigail was always an active child participating in ballet, cheerleading, soccer, t-ball and cross country.  She was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis when she was 11 years old. In September of 2012, she had a spinal fusion performed.  During the operation, an error occurred. Abby came out of the surgery with a spinal cord injury that resulted in a loss of motor function from the waist down.  After intensive physical therapy, Abby has been able to regain her ability to walk. However, due to the damage done during the surgery she is unable to participate in the sports she once loved. Instead of participating in the sports above, she became team manager of her high school Cross Country team so that she could remain involved in sports. . Abby also became involved in community service at her local library.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She participated in an early college program at Central Virginia Community College while continuing with physical therapy to improve her motor function. She is now attending Cedarville University to become a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of science in nursing. She one day dreams of becoming a Nurse Practitioner so that she can help others like herself.