Aimee Copeland, GGC Commencement Speaker
Aimee Copeland gained national attention four years ago for her brave battle with necrotizing fasciitis – also known as flesh-eating bacteria – following an accident on a zip line in the Little Tallapoosa River.
The infection almost killed her, and amputation of her extremities was required to save her life. Despite this, Copeland refused to let her circumstances put limits on her. With an inspirational spirit and enthusiasm, she completed a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia in humanistic psychology and is now pursuing a second master’s degree from Valdosta State University in social work.
Her goal is to start her own practice specializing in wilderness therapy for people with disabilities.
“I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life,” Copeland said.