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Eighth annual “Run, Walk and Roll Race” to be held Sept. 19

September 16, 2015 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE—“There is never an end to recovery, because I learn something every day,” said Shima Nixon, a double amputee. Nixon, now 23, lost both her legs following a horrific car accident in March 2013. She will be volunteering and cheering on racers at the eighth annual “Run Walk and Roll Race for Rehab” on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The 5K and one-mile event will take place on a course through downtown Greenville and East Carolina University. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church. The racecourse is USATF certified by and is suitable for wheelchairs, race chairs, and baby strollers. 

“This race is important because I now live a life without limits. I feel like I am a more active person now as an amputee than before my accident,” said Nixon. “This race shows that patients can live above and beyond their limitations.” 

Nixon spent several months at the Vidant Health Rehabilitation Center, where, with the help of staff and prosthetics, she stood for the first time in six months. 

“I want people to get the best out of their experience at the rehab center, but one thing is for sure, you have to be determined, courageous and willing to learn,” Nixon said passionately. “The staff may not know exactly what you are going through, because they haven’t had your experience, but they are trained to help you become the best you can. They cannot do it with you. It starts with you.”

Net proceeds from the race will benefit programs and services at the Vidant Health Rehabilitation Center.

Since 1977, the rehabilitation center has offered a wide range of integrated inpatient and outpatient programs. Through both a 75 -bed inpatient rehabilitation center, and four different outpatient locations, specialized care is provided for adults and children with stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, orthopedic injuries, and neuromuscular disorders. 

Registration and information available online at www.runtheeast.com or call 252-847-0207.
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