Chelsie Hill’s dream since the age of three, has been to dance and by age four was winning state and national dance competitions. In her senior year, she was a passenger of a drunk driver and involved in an accident which left her a T10 Paraplegic. Through her positive outlook on life, Chelsie is determined to not let her injury stop her from being true to her passions and follow her dream to dance. She has also become an inspiring speaker, spreading awareness of the tragic consequences drunk and distracted driving have. She is a featured character on the new hit Reality-Docu series on the Sundance Channel, “Push Girls” and was featured in the May 2012 issue of Seventeen Magazine. Chelsie is a Co-Founder of the Walk and Roll Foundation and Team HotWheelz. Even though she is extremely motivated to walk again she knows if that doesn't happen she will continue to live a fulfilled life. For more information please visit www.ChelsieHill.com
Mia Schaikewitz,.at age 15, was a rising star on her high school swim team when suddenly one evening she found herself unable to move her legs. Within 12 hours, doctors discovered that an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) had ruptured in her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. With rehabilitation, determination, and a positive attitude, Mia moved forward to pursue her life goals. She finished high school and then attended the University of Florida where she thrived academically as well as socially, becoming the first girl in a wheelchair there to rush and join a sorority. After graduating with a degree in Media Production, Mia moved to Los Angeles where she currently works at a graphic design and branding firm. She is now on the new hit Reality-Docu series on Sundance Channel, "Push Girls". Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate Mia on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz.
Los Angeles, CA.
Los Angeles, CA.
Ali Stroker has been an actress and singer for more than three quarters of her life. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Ali is paralyzed from the chest down, and has used a wheelchair since she was two years-old. She strives to inspire other people with disabilities who want to pursue a career in performance. Ali was a finalist on "The Glee Project" this summer on Oxygen! For more information www.alistroker.com. Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate Ali on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz.
New York, NY
New York, NY
Kaitlyn Staten is currently attending college in Florida, working on her business and nutrition major. She was injured her senior year of high school because of a car accident due to speeding and not wearing her seat belt. She is now a T8 paraplegic. She didn't let her injury stop her from graduating on time with her class so she could work towards her college goals in life. It was while working with Team Colours, from Colours Wheelchair Company, that she met Katie, Mia, Chelsie and many other people who have impacted her life and have inspired her to continue to achieve her goals. In her new wheelchair from Colours, she is also, now determined to show the world she Can Dance! Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate Kaitlyn on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz.
Katie Estrella graduated High school at the top of her class and in the fall she will be attending Cal State University Fullerton as a freshman. She was injured at the age of 11 in a horseback riding accident which left her paralyzed from T7 down. Before her accident, horseback riding, dance, and soccer had been her whole life. So naturally after her accident she questioned how she would do the hobbies that she loved. Its been 6 years now, and she has discovered that she can do everything she used to do, but just a little bit differently. She still rides horses, dances, and plays sports such as sled hockey. Living with a disability she has realized that life has challenges, but its all about how you face those challenges that matters. Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate Katie on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz.
Joanie Carter was a passenger of a traumatic car accident in September of 2004, which left her with numerous injuries including one life changing spinal cord injury. The driver was talking on her cell phone, not paying attention to the road, and Joanie was not seat belted in. From being in the hospital to learning to live her life in a wheelchair, she knew nothing would slow her down. As the years went by she learned that talking about the accident and injury became her own self therapy. Giving awareness to kids and teenagers by sharing her story, and the thought of making a difference in the choice someone may make, she found her passion and in life goal. Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz, and welcome her on our mission to spread the awareness about distracted driving within our school program "Rally for Reality"
Maria Gast is an L1 complete Spinal Cord Injury. Since her new injury in February 2012 she has been discovering new ways to do daily activities while preparing to go back to school in the fall semester. Her goal is to complete school at Sac State University as a Communications major and become a professional public speaker of safe driving. Walk and Roll Foundation would like to congratulate Maria on becoming a founding member of Team HotWheelz and welcome her on our mission to spread the awareness about distracted driving within our school program "Rally for Reality".