KATE PATTERSON got into a long boarding accident in April of 2008, where she suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and a tibial plateau fracture to her left leg, resulting in 27 total breaks. She began her life in a wheelchair during the countless months of rehabilitation and took up a love for wheelchair sports. In August of 2011, Katie flipped her wheelchair backwards during a news interview, promoting her new book and became paralyzed. Art therapy was one of the most calming times during both of her rehabilitations. She is very active in adaptive snow skiing and water skiing. She volunteers in her community and spent a weak in Costa Rica teaching people how to surf adaptively. She is a 2 time gold medalist and 1 time bronze medalist at the Veterans Wheelchair games, in weight lifting and bowling.