Life sat me down, and my dreams got bigger.
Mary Colecchi was only 22 years old when she suffered a debilitating stroke. Part of her skull was removed to reduce swelling. After the stroke, she was in a medically induced coma for 6 weeks. Her family was told she had a 10% chance of survival, but Mary continued to surprise everyone around her.
When she arrived home after rehab she saw some serious gaps in home healthcare. She went to the capitol and advocated for change. She became Ms. Wheelchair Colorado 2013, with a platform of empowerment for people who are voiceless. She started a non-profit to educate children and families about disabilities. She says her calling is to help others with disabilities and their loved ones navigate their needs on the peer level.