After graduating from IUPUI, Samantha Schultz went on a vacation that changed her life forever. When she and a friend were on a bike ride in the Rocky Mountains, Sam flipped over and fell onto the pavement, causing brain hemorrhaging and a seizure.
She was in the ICU for a month, half of it spent in a medically-induced coma to reduce brain swelling. Her injuries were severe enough that she had to learn how to eat, walk, and talk all over again.
Sam doesn’t remember the accident, but what she does remember is that she worked hard to get where she is today. She was in therapy daily, and it was only until the week of her 24th birthday was she able to walk again and come back home to Indiana.
She took it upon herself to literally get back on her feet, staying motivated and working hard, improving every day.
Sam truly belongs at the Y
Sam was chosen for Indiana’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which prepares people with disabilities for employment.
With a degree in Kinesiology, Sam knew she’d be the perfect fit when a position opened at the Wellness Center. She loved volunteering at the YMCA, a place where she feels like she truly belongs, and was a Volunteer of the Year last fall. Sam was hired, achieving a goal she’d had for two years.
“I love the position of a Wellness Coach, because I get to offer my love and knowledge to help people better their lifestyle,” says Sam.
Sam’s supervisor Lorrayne says, “It’s a privilege to have Sam here. She is so encouraging. She has the biggest heart and is the epitome of a coach. She is a team player, and with her determination, she’s already made a big impact at the Y.”
First a ponytail, then a 5K
Sam continues to work on strengthening her left hand, and her next goal is to put her hair in a high ponytail by herself. Her six-month goal is to be able to run again. She hopes to run in the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Freedom 5K on July 7. With constant hard work and her ability to push herself, we know we’ll see her there.