Kayla Stoltzfus

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When Kayla was adopted by the Stoltzfus’s at 18 months old, she joined an active family that’s always on the move. Kayla has spina bifida and has no feeling in her body from the waist down. Yet her mom Dianna shares that her daughter doesn’t see herself as disabled, and enjoys riding her hand bike, swimming, climbing and jumping on trampolines. She’s defied so many potential limitations shares Dianna, that “her doctors have stopped telling us what Kayla won’t be able to do!”

Kayla’s parents and siblings have taken part in various half marathons and runs, and last month Kayla joined their ranks as she completed the Y’s Kids Marathon, a partnership with Garden Spot Village. The Kids Marathon helps kids increase daily activity, builds their self-esteem by working toward a goal and improves the overall health and wellness of families by offering a positive activity they can all do together. Our young participants log in the first 25 miles of their race by running, biking or swimming in one mile increments over the weeks leading up to the Marathon. They then complete the final 1.2 miles on the same course used by the Garden Spot Village Marathoners the following day.

Kayla has always cheered for her family at the end of their races, and her mom and dad were excited that this time they could run alongside her, cheering for her! Kayla loved the medal she received at the Kids Marathon but more importantly, was exhilarated by the accomplishment she felt as she raced her bike over the finish line.