Woodbridge Teen Loses Limb, Gains the Power to Motivate Others | Super NoVA
A Super NoVA is a person that stands out in the crowd of Northern Virginians. Daniel Evan Carroll II, an eleventh-grader at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, is this week’s Super NoVA for his efforts to motivate others. When he was just 9-years-old he was in a major automobile accident on I-95 in front of the exit for the Quantico Marine Corps Base.
“I remember waking up in the hospital and I just screamed. I don’t remember anything after that,” said Daniel.
While he was in a coma his right arm had to be amputated. During his two months of hospitalization, his mother Lynn found out about the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp.
This year Daniel is one of 100 kids with limb loss from across the U.S. selected to attend the youth camp. Carroll will be attending the summer camp in Ohio next week, marking his 5th year at the camp. Daniel is now a Leader-in-Training.
World Cup competitor, Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy, will be spending time with the campers throughout the week. Hollywood actress, Bianca Kajlich, will also be conducting acting classes for the campers.
Now at age 16, Carroll is a motivational speaker and formed his own non-profit called Founder of Limbs for Fitness, an organization promoting a mentally and physically fit life.
“I go out and speak to different groups and different organizations. I try to encourage them to keep moving on and get over what they may have gone through,” said Daniel.
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