Kristin Cary wrote -
Seven years ago today, I was hit by a car as a pedestrian.
There were no crosswalks in sight, but the road looked clear so I proceeded to cross. I remember the moment I noticed the car coming straight towards me. It was dark out and his headlights were off. I told myself to move faster. I remember the sound of my body being hit at forty miles per hour. I remember the collective gasp let out from the people standing at the rail station across the street. I remember reaching the curb and rolling my body onto the side walk. I had almost made it!
At the time of my accident, I was twenty-one and traveling the country as a member of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps - a national community service organization. In an instant, my strength, independence, and ability to help others vanished. My life for the following six months consisted of severe pain, bed rest, and multiple surgeries. Recovery, both mental and physical, has been an ongoing process.
Over the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with Oregon Walks on a weekly basis. Contributing my time towards data entry, art projects, and special events feels like a final step in my path to recovery. Working with Oregon Walks has allowed me to combine my passion for community service and desire for all people to have access to safe, walk-able communities