Jenny's Dream Story
A life-changing accident which left Jenny paralysed from the chest down has inspired 16-year-old Jenny to seize every moment. With a positive attitude and a strong family she has her sights set on the 2020 Paralympic games in Tokyo.
As the rest of Yorkshire was gearing, up to the Tour De France. 15-year-old cycling enthusiast Jenny, had just finished her GCSE exams and had just started a summer job, near Ripon, to save for her university studies in veterinary. She had her whole life ahead of her.
Tragically, Jenny had been hit by a car at a local accident black spot and was airlifted to hospital. The following day, Jenny received spinal surgery to stabilise her spine.
Jenny’s dream was to have a mountain trike which will allow her the freedom to enjoy family walks off-road. “It would be fab to be independent and to be out in the countryside – especially in the spring months.”
Throughout her ordeal, Jenny has demonstrated a courage and resilience beyond her years, remaining positive and cheerful, continually supported by her family and school friends and the local community. “I had wanted to be a vet, but all of a sudden everything changed, I knew I just had to cope and adapt and I am not going to let something like this beat me. I have learned that every problem has a solution.”
Having celebrated her 16th Birthday at the hospital, Jenny’s first post episode personal challenge was to test her newly acquired wheelchair skills and to get to her school to collect her GCSE results with her friends, Despite a very early start, she achieved 11 GCSEs – 7 A*s and 4 As. She has now started her A Level studies over three years, rather than two in recognition of the adjustments and continuous rehab Jenny will have to undergo in life after injury.
Dan, Jenny’s dad said: “Jenny has set her sights on competing at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Jenny is a champion of positivity beyond impairment and the strength of the human spirit. Her passion for life is unbroken, inspiring those of us who are blessed to share her life to help her overcome the psychological and physical.”
The bike, provided by Dreams Come True, arrived in April and Jenny said when it arrived she was: “Over the moon. I live in a village surrounded by beautiful country side and fields and it is so lovely to be able to get out and about with my family.”
Jenny has gained the independence to accompany her family in the great outdoors. Jenny adapted to the bike really quickly and finds it very comfortable and easy to steer. She said the positive impact of having the bike is huge: “ I am very grateful to Dreams Come True for making the bike a reality.”
Jenny is currently using her bike as much as she can, but also has to revise for up-and-coming exams. We wish her the best of luck.
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
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