Middlebury nonprofit inspires active lifestyles for people with spinal cord injuries

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Charlotte native Kelly Brush is a Middlebury grad. She’s been living in a wheelchair since a 2006 spinal cord injury suffered while competing on Middlebury’s ski team.

After the accident, Brush, who still skis, started a nonprofit foundation to help others with paralysis remain active

The Kelly Brush Foundation held its fifth annual ‘Inspire!Vermont’ fundraiser in Burlington on Thursday. The event raises money for adaptive sports equipment and reinforces the idea that an active lifestyle is possible following a spinal cord injury.

The foundation set a goal of $50,000 to fund 10 to 20 grants to pay for the equipment.

“This is equipment that we grant to people with spinal cord injuries around the country,” Brush said. “A lot of people don’t really know what the equipment looks like and can’t really picture what it means to go out and bike, go mountain biking or play basketball, so it’s really fun to have that equipment here so people can actually see it and get in it and try it and see what it feels like.”

“We do this event in Boston and San Francisco — we’ve done it in Denver — but we’re based here in Burlington, so it’s always more fun to do it here,” Kelly Brush Foundation executive director Zeke Davisson said.

To find out how you can get involved with the Kelly Brush Foundation, you can click here.

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