Chelsie Hill grew up with a strong desire for dancing. By the time she was 3 years old, she was involved in a dance team. Sadly in 2010, Chelsie was in a drunk driving accident leaving her with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and unable to walk. Although she was no longer able to dance with her legs, she didn’t lose the passion to dance.
Together with her father she started a foundation called “Walk and Roll Foundation” which helps raise awareness about spinal cord injuries. They believe that every survivor of a SCI should have an opportunity to live their life to the fullest and to achieve their dreams. As Chelsie says, “I can strive to walk again and I’m going to but I don’t want that to side track me from life. I still have a brain, I still have my life.”
While I was in California, I was lucky enough to meet this inspiring young woman. It was easy to see that she had a contageous smile and a drive for life. After meeting her, I was doing my research and found her story. Along with starting the foundation with her father, Chelsie also found 6 other young girls with similar injuries, as well as other able bodied dancers, and she created a dance group called the “Walk And Roll Dance Team.” The team travels around the USA performing at many events. You may recognize dancer, Ali Stroker who is a singer and actress from “The Glee Project.” Some of the dance team members are also involved in “Rally4Reality” which is a public speaking program for middle schools, high schools and community organizations. This program helps spread awareness about drunk driving and distracting driving. Generally at a function for Rally4Reality, the girls will also perform.
These young woman have not let there limitations hold them back. They have taken there struggles and life experiences and have found a way to teach others about the importance of safe driving while also having fun and enjoying something they love, dancing.
For information to book the girls for an entertaining, motivational experience call 1-855-925-WALK (9255), or email R4R@WalkandRollFoundation.org.