‘Catching Kayla’: Video that will leave you speechlessPosted by J Craig on November 27, 2014
There is a special ESPN documentary that follows the story of Kayla Montgomery, one of the top long distance runners in the U.S. going viral. Kayla is a young high school student from Winston-Salem, N.C. who has been competing in long distance running while having multiple sclerosis. This has caused nerve damage that results in her legs going completely numb when she runs.
My legs. Where’d they go? Please help me. Please help me find my legs.
The documentary is absolutely mesmerizing as it showcases young Kayla transforming from an average runner into one of the top athletes in the country.
“She doesn’t run to get a scholarship. She doesn’t run to get trophies. She doesn’t run to win,” said her coach Patrick Cromwell. “It’s a personal journey for her.”
When Kayla was just 14 years old, she reported an unusual feeling to her coach and mother. She felt a tingling and numbness in her legs after a routine soccer game. After things failed to improve, she was sent to the doctor and ultimately diagnosed with MS.
After the diagnosis though, rather than giving up or pushing her away from staying active, it only fueled her more to run. “She said, ‘I want to run. I want to run fast,’” her coach told ESPN.
I couldn’t think of anything I’d done wrong. Why should I be punished? Why was this happening?
Watch below at the amazing documentary narrated by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and be ready to be left completely speechless.
On the final race of her high school career, at the North Carolina State Championships in May, she won – despite collapsing in the first lap.
Kayla should give hope to more people who are going through some very difficult situations to never give up. She is more than just a unique individual who refuse to give up, but more importantly she is an inspiration.
God bless this amazing young girl and her awesome coach.
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