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Kayla Montgomery

Kayla Montgomery isn’t your typical college freshman. Diagnosed with MS at age 15, Kayla has done what many consider unthinkable: going from being one of the slowest runners on her high school track team to one of the fastest long-distance runners in the nation. Kayla graduated from Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC, last year, and is now a freshman at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Kayla’s inspiring story has received international recognition and national media attention, including a segment on the TODAY SHOW and an interview with The New York Times and a feature on ESPN’s E:60, an investigative journalism newsmagazine show.

In the interview with the TODAY SHOW, Kayla shared that she continued to run after her MS diagnosis because she didn't want people to think MS made her different. She said, "instead of letting MS stop me from running, I've used it to motivate me to break records.” It worked as Kayla was undefeated by any other North Carolina female runner last year.

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