Aimee Copeland became a household name when a flesh eating bacteria attacked her body and caused doctors to perform multiple amputations.
But now – two years later – Copeland can drive a car, walk a mile and even kayak. Watch the video above to see Copeland in action. She credits much of her recovery to the generous support of her community, family and friends.
"They redid all these kitchen counters," Copeland says as she navigates her remodeled home in a wheelchair.
Copeland is so grateful for the help she received that she now wants to do the same for her friend, Karl Reising.
"That's what I'm hoping to do is rally people around him, bring him that positive energy," says Copeland.
The 60-year-old former Marine and father of two suffered a massive stroke that left him partially paralyzed. Copeland has launched a fundraising page for Reising that will help pay for modifications to his home.
"This is going to be crucial for Karl being able to get back in his home, into a familiar environment. It's going to be so important for his recovery," Copeland explains. Her efforts are bringing comfort to Reising's family in a time when they need it most.
"Aimee has been such an inspiration," says Reising's wife, Dee. "It helps people like me know there's a light at the end of the tunnel."
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