A Story Resilience

Eva Fischer

    In July of 2018, Mariah Jenkins and her mother were in a car accident. Mariah was the only survivor. However, she did not escape unscathed as her left arm was amputated below the elbow. Despite this, Jenkins continues to play both volleyball and track and field. Her determination has allowed her to succeed in a sport which requires the entire body. This resilience has drawn the attention of the Little Buddy Foundation, an institution which strives to provide a prosthetic to at least one child in need per year. Although she had adapted to playing volleyball with one arm, she is now able to partake with both again. 


    Mariah has continued to be a standout volleyball player despite her disadvantage. Her life outside of school and sports mostly consisted of doctor’s appointments to acquire the prosthetic arm. When her volleyball coach, Greg Pruitt, heard that she was going prom shopping, he wanted to surprise her by buying her dress. Through her dedication, Jenkins has garnered attention and been recruited for the paralympic beach volleyball team. Despite losing her arm and her mother, Mariah has continued to be a positive influence on the people around her as well as a resilient person on the court.


Full Story: https://www.kfyrtv.com/2021/07/19/north-dakota-athlete-one-step-closer-achieving-paralympic-dream/