As Wolf Pack fans may remember, former skier Katie Lyons racked up a list of impressive accolades while she was at Nevada: All-American, academic all-district selection and finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year to just name a few.
But what people may not know about Lyons is that her skiing career was nearly ended when she was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 15. After having major back surgery, she returned to the slopes and had a great career at Nevada while continuing to work with her surgeon to help others overcome what can be a debilitating disease.
Lyons is now in her second year at the University of Nevada's School of Medicine where she plans to pursue a career in orthopedics. She also continues to help others who have been diagnosed with scoliosis and has recently shared her story as part of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' A Nation in Motion campaign that allows Americans to share their personal stories.
Here is a story on Katie Lyons and the great work she continues to do, recently aired by Dina Kupfer and KRNV in Reno.