Sunday, May 19, 2013
Work got you down? Stressed that the year is almost half over? Patch has just the thing to help you center your thinking while inspiring others.
You were uniquely made, with unique challenges to your life. And, sometimes those challenges seem insurmountable. Suffocating, even. You make look around and wonder, "How can I make a difference? Where do I start?" You can start here, in this moment, and decide that life is what you make of it. What you do: It matters. Check out these following inspirational stories of people who have come to understand that. Despite any challenges, they are using their lives to change the lives of others. The profiles are sponsored by Grape-Nuts. -- Know someone with an interesting, life-changing story? Let us know about it in the comment section. -- 1. Teenager 'Inspires Selfless Service through Mentorship' -- After feeling overwhelmed when helping out …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A typically fatal infection took limbs from a Georgia university student, but not her spirit and love for life. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. In May 2012, Aimee Copeland of Snellville, GA., had just completed her core courses for a master’s degree in psychology when she fell into a creek and cut her leg in an accident involving a homemade zip-line. The wound was infected with typically fatal flesh-eating bacteria in the accident, and Aimee lost her left leg, her right foot and both hands. But she did not lose her spirit. Here, Aimee talks about the challenges she still faces after the amputations, and about others that she has set for herself. Q: …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Aimee and her father Andy spoke at the yearly fundraiser for the non-profit's Home Sweet Home program.
Every year, the Salvation Army hosts a luncheon to raise money for their "Home Sweet Home" program. This year, the Lawrenceville non-profit invited Aimee Copeland and her father Andy as their featured speakers. The theme was "It Takes More than Hands to Make a Home." Andy spoke to the audience about how he and his family did not lose faith when his daughter Aimee was injured in a zip lining accident almost one year ago. That accident led to a bacterial infection which claimed her limbs, but not her spirit. Watch the video to see Aimee talk about the life changing experience and her plans for the future. --Were you there? What did you think of Andy and Aimee's speech? Tell us in the comment section below.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Aimee Copeland revealed on March 28 that she will be the recipient of iLimbs, a system of highly advanced prosthetics.
Aimee Copeland will soon be the recipient of a set of iLimbs, an advanced set of prosthetic arms that are controlled by electrodes. This past Tuesday, March 26, she also walked on two legs for the first time since her injury, and will soon receive a set of advanced prosthetic legs. "To help other people heal," she said during a South Gwinnett Rotary Club meeting, "you first have to heal yourself." On May 1, 2012, Aimee was injured in a homemade zip-line accident, where she fell into a creek and cut her leg severely. In the process, she picked up a typically fatal bacterium from the water that eats away the skin. The infection caused a condition called "necrotizing fasciitis," more widely known as "flesh-eating disease." As a result, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
According to the website of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) in Stone Mountain, the woman who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria last year will be at its annual event at Stone Mountain Park.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) in Stone Mountain says Aimee Copeland, the woman in Snellville who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria last May, will be at its annual Run Walk 'N' Roll, at Stone Mountain Park on May 4. The information is posted on FODAC's site, under events. Registration for the five-mile run, walk or wheelchair roll begins at 7 a.m. The run starts at 8 a.m. There's a two-mile walk/roll starting at 9 a.m. Learn more information about this year's Run Walk 'N' Roll here. The charity event benefits FODAC's efforts for the disabled. Copeland required several amputations, including her left leg, right foot and both hands, after she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria following a zipline accident. You may also be …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
It's been quite a year in Snellville. We hope these stories will lift your spirits and remind you of all the good that has happened in town in 2012.
While it has been a difficult year for our nation, particularly over the past few weeks -- the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the horrific school shooting on Friday -- there have been a few stories in Snellville that have exemplified courage under fire and the determination of the human spirit. 1. The Schulz Duo Doing Good The Schulz' helped found a great thing in Snellville. Joy Woodson's story on this couple, Kurt and Gretchen Schulz, featured two people who inspired the Snellville Farmers Market and founded the Snellville Community Garden, all while remaining humble and attempting to stay out of the spotlight. 2. Wednesday's Woman: Emily Good Emily Good was featured a number of times in Snellville Patch for her work in …
Friday, November 16, 2012
She and a number of other panelists will speak on an assortment of topics.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Who/What: Aimee Copeland returned to the University of West Georgia’s campus for the first time since her zip line accident this summer to participate on a panel with current and former students with congenital and acquired disabilities to discuss living “differently abled.” Listen to the panelists share their personal experiences in an engaging, enlightening and entertaining broadcast via UWG’s own The WOLF Internet Radio. This discussion was a part of UWG’s DisABILITIES Awareness Day on Oct. 22 in honor of National Disability Awareness Month. Moderator Panelists (in seated order from L to R as in picture above) Some of the questions answered by each of the panelists are: When: Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST (runtime approximately …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
He was joined by State Senator Renee Unterman and Jaye Peabody as part of a symposium in honor of Depression Awareness Month.
In honor of Depression Awareness Month, Covenant Counseling and Family Resource Center, headquartered in Snellville, held a symposium on Oct. 20 designed to lift spirits and raise awareness and needed funding to combat depression. Andy Copeland, State Senator Renee Unterman and Jaye Lynn Peabody were the guests of honor at the home of Board Member and Snellville resident Dr. Yvonne Freeman. Peabody is the executive director of Covenant Counseling. She described the symptoms and challenges posed by depression, while Unterman gave a personal account of her battle with depression; Copeland share coping methods as he and his family faced tragedy. Unterman, Chair of the Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee and longtime politician…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Art for Aimee event scheduled for Sept. 29 will have artwork, live music, and a chance to meet Aimee Copeland.
Norcross is hosting a fundraising event for Aimee Copeland called "Art for Aimee" on Sept. 29. Aimee Copeland is the 24-year-old Snellville resident who lost her left leg, right foot and both hands as a result of a rare, flesh-eating bacteria contracted following a zip-line accident. She was diagnosed with the condition in May, and she came home last weekend from her long stay in the hospital. The event will take place Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Norcross Welcome Center and Museum, and will showcase the artwork from Gwinnett artist Vicki A. Johnson. Johnson is donating a portion of her art sales from the evening to Copeland, and all proceeds collected from the event will be donated to the Aimee Copeland Fund. For updates on Aimee’s recovery…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Check out the top stories on Snellville Patch over the weekend.
In case you missed it, the city of Snellville celebrated Aimee Copeland's homecoming on Friday night. Friends, family and the media showed up to welcome her home and hear her story in her own words. We featured a short video of her speech, as well as a story and images of residents standing in line to meet her. We also highlighted the Shiloh and South Gwinnett football games, both of which our home teams won! Kennesaw Taylor and Steve Ramey shared their thoughts through blogging. Taylor's was humorous as always, but with an incisive look at the society that raised him. Ramey's blog was the first we've published on Snellville Patch, and offers a look at what our nation has become. "An educated mind is the strongest weapon against tyranny …