In 2012. adventurous, independent graduate student Aimee Copeland decided to celebrate finishing her school classes by vacationing with friends near the Little Tallapoosa River in Georgia. During the trip, Copeland fell in a river when a zip line snapped, suffering a deep cut in her leg, which caused her to contract a flesh-eating bacterial disease that spread throughout her body. During her struggle to survive, doctors were forced to amputate both of her legs and hands.
Copeland refused to let her new "normal" put limitations on her lifestyle. She recently graduated with her second master's degree in social work and hopes to build a holistic center for people with disabilities.