Warrior Games News Feature | Christy Gardner – No Holding Back This Warrior Athlete

Christina Gardner Competing at DoD Warrior Games in Chicago

Warrior Games News | No Holding Back This Warrior Athlete


Chicago:   July 5, 2017

Christy Garner, an athlete competing at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games in Chicago, is an inspiration to all.  Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Word features Ms. Gardner as a model of courage, recovery and perseverance.

“Words such as “can’t” or “no” seemingly do not apply to 2017 DoD Warrior Games athlete Christy Gardner. After suffering a spinal-cord injury in 2006 that left her paralyzed, and subsequently having both legs amputated, she is competing in her first Warrior Games and apparently nothing is holding her back.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s really exciting to be here,” said Gardner. “To be back part of a unit is huge. Everyone has each other’s back again like being in a squad.”

No one could be blamed for expecting Gardner to take things easy for the rest of her life, but that’s before you get to know her.

“I was a U.S. Army Sergeant in the Military Police Corps. 82nd MP Battalion out of Ft. Hood,” said Gardner. “I got hurt in the summer of 2006, I was on a peace keeping mission overseas. I suffered two skull fractures and some facial fractures. In the medivac, they accidentally injured my spinal cord,” she explained.”

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