Imagine being a dedicated athlete with a promising future, only to have it all come crashing down due to circumstances beyond your control. That’s what happened to Kelsey Tainsh, now a University of Florida graduate and motivational speaker. At 15 years old, Kelsey was a professional wakeboarder who experienced a second brain tumor and during or after surgery, suffered a stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of her body. She had to relearn everything from speaking, walking and running to eating, tying her shoes and even fixing her hair – some simple things that we take for granted.
Ms. Tainsh visited campus to make presentations to our Lower, Middle and Upper School assemblies. She also visited classes to talk about her journey and how she has overcome obstacles to achieve success despite being told she couldn’t do something. Through interactive demonstrations and light-hearted discussions, Kelsey captivated students’, young and old, with her engaging style and inspiring stories.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that something is impossible or that you can’t do something,” said Ms. Tainsh. “I take those words ‘you can’t’ as a challenge to prove that I can. We all have different gifts that should be celebrated. I encourage everyone to be grateful every day, to treat each other with kindness and to accept each other’s uniqueness.”
Thank you to Ms. Tainsh for sharing her story and inspiring our students!