Gold medal Paralympian takes first steps at Carlsbad center

November 30, 2013 by  

Victoria Arlen, 19, has recently walked her first steps since the age of 11 at the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Carlsbad, California.

Since contracting a rare illness at 11 years old, Victoria has gradually regained her strength to take part in the Paralympics as a swimmer. In 2012, she won a gold medal in the London Paralympic Games. Since her eligibility as a Paralympian has recently been challenged, Victoria has focused on being able to walk again, taking part in the Annual Steps to Recovery event, organized by Project Walk.

Although Victoria has not walked for seven years since contracting Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder, the International Olympic Committee made the decision that she was ineligible to compete in competitions sanctioned by IPC as her physician had said that it was possible that she may walk again in the future. Now that the 19 year old is not spending her time training for competitions in the local pool, she is working hard at Project Walk to regain the strength and ability to walk again. For the ninth consecutive year, the Annual Steps to Recovery took place in Carlsbad and Victoria attended as a guest speaker.

The event is promoted within the organization and the community, possibly using local brochure printers to provide details of Project Walk and the annual celebration of those who take a few steps on the red carpet, with friends and family in attendance.