Heart problems since birth forced a heart transplant in 2000 and she’s been on an inspirational pace ever since. She was a good swimmer when younger and came out for the swim team at Roncalli, mostly for exercise for her new heart, and that success and enjoyment took her into competition nationally in the US Transplant Games where she has won two golds and two silver medals since 2002. Back home, she became a speaker for the Nebraska Organ and Tissue Donor Coalition. She’s been the subject of several printed articles and website features “urging others to fight”. She volunteers as a mentor to other transplant patients. A student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she is majoring in exercise science.