OLATHE, Kan. -- It’s been one year since a freak accident left an Olathe Northwest gymnast without feeling in her legs. While it’s a tough battle, she didn’t want to focus on her, but on others with an event to raise money.
Ever since she can remember, gymnastics has been Anna Sarol’s passion. You can see the joy written all over her face, as she stands proudly. On August 25th, 2015 her greatest passion changed her life.
“I just remember being in the hospital and waking up and my family in tears.”
Anna fractured her spine after she landed on her back during gymnastics practice. She lost feeling from the waist down.
“I was like I go to church all the time, I don't know why this is happening?” Sarol said.
Anna thought, why me? She’s gone through one year of treatment and still has no feeling in her legs, but there’s one major thing that has changed since that day one year ago.
“I believe I'm supposed to be placed in this world. This way and help others.”
So near the anniversary of her accident, instead of holding a benefit for herself, Anna helped put together a fundraiser for the Philippines Medical Mission.
“I believe she gives the community and everyone she touches a lot of hope,” Grades For Meds organizer Chris Benson said.
“It's impactful. I've heard it a number of times and I still get choked up every single time. It truly shows the metal of her heart,” Mazuma CEO Brandon Michaels said.
Anna’s event raised $3,000, which will help more than 600 people in the Philippines who don’t have medical care, receive treatment.
“Those people that are suffering you need to show them it's gonna be okay in the end,” Sarol said.
Anna travels to Chicago three times a week for rehab. Doctors say it is possible she could walk again.
“We're working hard.”
During her most recent trip, she went to the Magnificent Mile and donated to the homeless, inspiring everyone in her path.
“Life definitely is a beautiful thing. We only have one chance to live it. Never give up. You should never ever give up.”
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