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Thanks to the Vindy for featuring this event on their front page!

This clip was taken by 
Kim Grope of WROP.

Our friend Stan Boney 
from WKBN, 
visited our facility on the eventful day, 
December 21, 2015 
featuring the story on 
Stacey and all involved. 

Please read at left, 
and click on the link below
his piece to view the 
WKBN video.... 

Again, our deep thanks to Stan Boney for his continued support for our mobility mission!
If you would like to 
share your path with our readers please email us today!
It does take 
community to understand and support 
us all in life events. 
We welcome you!

Meet Barry Schroder 
our "Tough Mudder" 
Read his words on facing his life changing events.

Paralyzed Hiker Walks the Appalachian Trail To Spread Positive Message

We invite you to read the article below from WDBJ7, Roanoke Co VA
It is a follow up to our patient Stacey Kozel... 
Thank you Amanda Kenney @ WDBJ7 
for your wonderful interview with Stacey Kozel

Coast to Coast Her Story Has Been Aired ... 
Charlottesville CBS19, Raleigh WRAL CBS, Richmond WTVR CBS, Pueblo KOAA NBC, San Jose KNTV NBC, Columbus WCMH NBC, Dayton WDTN NBC, Jackson WLBT NBC, Indianapolis WTHR NBC,  Savannah WTOC NBC, Sacramento KCRA NBC, Albany WNYT NBC, Gatlinburg WBIR NBC, 
NYC The Today Show NBC....  

ROANOKE Co., Va. (WDBJ7) From afar, Stacey Kozel looks like your average hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

But when you get a closer look, you'll know she's different.

“When people come up to me, they don't realize I'm paralyzed,” says Kozel. “They think something is wrong with my knees I guess.”

A combination of a car accident and Lupus left her paralyzed two years ago.

“I walked into the hospital and quickly lost all mobility except for my left arm,” says Kozel.

But she wasn't going to let it stop her from walking all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

“If I don't wear these, I'm in a wheelchair so my wheelchair doesn't quite get over all these boulders,” says Kozel.

The ‘these’ that Kozel is referring to are the braces she wears on her legs. It’s called a C-Brace, created by Ottobock.

The brace has sensors attached to the bottom of it. It’s the part that touches her feet. “[the sensors] Sends it up through this spring here to the

 computer sends the message here and then I use the upper body to basically manipulate it all,” explains Kozel. It's complicated, but it gives and

 pulls tension to let Kozel bend her knees. There are no motors, just movement of her hips and upper body.

So while she walks, Kozel wants to send a message to the insurance companies that give patients a hard time getting these C-Braces approved.

“These aren't just a luxury, it improves the quality of life and can give someone their life back," says Kozel.

With the braces she's trekking 15 to 20 miles on a good day.

The braces are also helping spread another message.

“I just don't want people to give up, whatever they're going through you know never know if you just keep going and the possibilities are endless if you ask me,” says Kozel.

Kozel is from Ohio, but flew to Georgia at the end of March to start her journey on the Appalachian Trail.

She doesn't have a timeline on when she'll reach Maine, but she hopes to finish by the end of the year.

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"No one would think I would be hiking the Appalachian Trail right now. 
I just don't want people to give up because anything is possible. 
I've always believed that the possibilities are endless and you just got to keep fighting." SK
There are many wonderful interviews with Stacy online and the story of her journey 
along the AT written in her own words- just "google" her name!
Her courage and determination will be felt with all the written pieces and seen in each video. 

This following highlights events from December 2015. 
Together, Western Reserve Orthotics & Prosthetics, 
Ottobock- associates & manufacturers of the C Brace, and Stacey Kozel  
shared in the events leading to Stacey Kozel's mobility.
 Now you have read the written words above from this wonderfully determined soul to continue her path in life- understanding the challenges and stumbling blocks while remaining persistent and realistic in achieving one's goals . . . 
  We, at Western Reserve Orthotics & Prosthetics, share this drive for mobility for each and every person that we service. For personal reasons, along with the common good to help each other in life, we strive to attain goals of mobility regardless how small or large one's progress may be. The team also realizes it takes an additional team of people and the wonders of today's technology to enable the goals of one's mobility.
Ottobock, a world leader in prosthetics & orthotics, was founded in Berlin in 1919. It is the Ottobock C-Brace that would enable Stacey to regain her mobility. Ottobock, a 90 year old family business, continues the commitment to provide trust and reliability of their mobility solutions to people around the world. They surpass any other company in the world for their advancements in technology. 
"Quality for life" is the Ottobock creed- 
a creed that Stacey Kozel now knows as well.

The following is from WKBN's Stan Boney report on this wonderful moment .... 
below the report is a link to the video as broadcast on WKBN. 
- We extend our deep thanks to Stan and his crew at WKBN to share this event to the public -
Stan has been a great voice spreading the word on events regarding mobility 
at Western Reserve Orthotics & Prosthetics- a key to others who may be looking for their own solutions!

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Forty-one-year-old Stacey Kozel has been paralyzed since March 2014, after a car accident and from her Lupus disease, an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. 

Kozel is originally from Medina, Ohio and now lives in Madison Ohio. 

She got around with a wheelchair and braces that made her walk stiff-legged. The braces, she said, allowed her to move, 

but strained her upper body as she had to use her upper body muscles to move her legs. But Monday at Western Reserve 

Orthotics and Prosthetics Centre in Austintown, Kozel was fitted with a C-Brace made by Ottobock, the world’s largest maker of Orthotics. The brace is designed for those living with partial paralysis, spinal injury, post-stroke and post-polio syndrome, 

according to the company’s website. With the help of that brace, Kozel took her first steps to a round of applause. 

The brace is designed to increase mobility, and Kozel said she sees a noticeable difference.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “As soon as I retrain my brain, this is going to be amazing — just bending my knees. 

I can already feel it more in the hips, where it’s not so strenuous.” Kozel and those at Western Reserve Orthotics and 

Prosthetics Centre spent the past six months fighting with her insurance company, convincing the company to pay for the braces. 

It cost the insurance company $91,000.

Kozel said her dream is to walk the Appalachian Trail with the C-Brace and show insurance companies why it’s important for 

those in her circumstance to be active, healthy and get their lives back. She said she wants others to understand her struggles. “Being in a hospital bed and not being able to do the basic, just the basic things: get out of bed, get dressed, 

you know, those kind of things, that was very hard,” she said.

click on the link to view the event!