10-Year-Old Girl Races Through Obstacles in Lynchburg

Picture by Jerry Price

Lynchburg, VA - A good crowd came out to the Riverfront Challenge in downtown Lynchburg Saturday. It's the third year that Wheel Power Christian Cyclists, a Lynchburg ministry, holds the event.

But it was the third race ever for one excited 10-year-old girl. Trinity Bowling is a fourth grader at Tomahawk Elementary School. She was paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident when she was just 18 months old. But after therapy, she is now able to move her arms.

Her mom says she's never let that bring her down.

"Happy child, good attitudeshe makes lives worthwhile," said Patsy Mays before the race.

A couple of weeks ago, Trinity decided she wanted to race with Girls on the Run. After that, she was hooked.

Her school nurse Susan Anderson has taken care of Trinity for six years. After that first race, Anderson decided to keep Trinity moving.

"We started with the Christmas Classic back in Bedford last weekend. We decorated her chair, got all decorated for Christmas and she just loved it," said Anderson.

Anderson pushed Trinity through Saturday's race, which had a twist: Runners had to eat two cups of ice cream halfway through.

But that didn't stop this duo.

"Sometimes this arm is so tired it stays, while this one's still tired, it goes," said Trinity Bowling moving her arms.

Keep going - that's the attitude that keeps pushing Trinity and her family.

"You can do anything you set your mind to. If you can't do it, find a way to do it," said Mays.

Trinity's mom says at the end of the day, Trinity is just like any other 10-year-old girl. But it's that spirit that makes her special.

"She's very spunky, outgoing and driven. So I can't say enough things about her, she's just wonderful," said Anderson.

Anderson, with help from others, is trying to raise money to get Trinity a racing wheelchair. She says with that, Trinity can be more independent and keep going to races.

So far, they've raised $800. If you're interested, you can donate to help Trinity get that wheelchair on a new fundraiser website.