2015 U.S. Paracanoe World Cup Team
Kelly was born with a rare, non-hereditary birth defect that affects the pelvis and the femur called Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) type D. The "type D" classification of PFFD means Kelly is completely missing her left femur, patella, and fibula, along with a fully developed hip socket. Because of this birth defect she has earned to adapt to every day life using my prosthetic leg.
Basically, the left side of Kelly's lower body didn't develop and, as she puts it, "it look like I only have one half of a leg." Doctors told her parents she would not be able to sit or stand, let alone participate in any sports.
However, today Kelly is more active than ever! Having taken home 4th place at the 2012 ICF Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland for kayaking Kelly is now considered an elite athlete in the Paracanoe discipline. Along with kayaking, she is on her way to fulfilling her living dream of becoming a world class ski racer and an athlete in the 2014 Sochi Russia Paralympic games!
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