September Comeback Athlete Savannah Bryant
Savannah Bryant loves competing in equestrian events. But a fall from her horse broke the 8-year-old's collarbone and kept her out of the saddle for six weeks. See how her toughness and patience helped her get back on the horse, literally.
October Comeback Athlete Tarik Jalil
Through two torn ACLs and his house burning down, Tarik Jalil always maintained a smile and a positive attitude. By doing so, he was able to return to his football team for his junior season at Flowery Branch High.
November Comeback Athlete Will Kimsey
A 4-foot fall onto his back kept 14-year-old Will Kimsey from his favorite sport, swimming, for nearly two years. After surgery and months of physical therapy, Will is back in the pool, winning races and competing at the state level.
December Comeback Athlete Andavea Alexander
Andavea "Andy" Alexander is a competitive level 10 gymnast. Year-round training finally took a toll on her shoulder, and in Feb. 2014 she tore her rotator cuff, bicep and labrum during a competition bar routine. She returned to the gym three months after surgery and has improved her strength and skills with dedication and the help of physical therapy.
January Comeback Athlete Thompson Ritter
Thompson Ritter was an avid baseball pitcher until he was diagnosed with scoliosis and, later, a low-grade spinal tumor. Through four major surgeries and intensive rehabilitation, he persevered to get back on the mound.
February Comeback Athlete Khalli Crooke
Khalli Crooke has faced more obstacles than anyone should have to in a lifetime—and he’s only 10 years old. After learning of adaptive sports during his stay at Children’s, Khalli is back to playing basketball and loving every minute.
March Comeback Athlete Bilal Abdur-Rahim
Bilal Abdur-Rahim underwent meniscus surgery just a few short months before his senior basketball season began. He credits his speedy recovery to his team, who he describes as a family. Not only did he return in time to score the game-winning shot in the regional championships; that family just won the state championship title, too.
April Comeback Athlete Madelynn Woodard
Maddie lived with symptoms of a heart condition for 6 years before she met her self-described medical champion, Dr. Lindsey. Unlike most, Maddie received the diagnosis with a huge sense of relief. After surgery to treat supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), she competed in volleyball nationals less than two weeks later.