South Gwinnett High School Alumni, Buck Lanford and Aimee Copeland were Grand Marshals of Gwinnett County’s Middle School Special Olympics hosted by South Gwinnett High School. Buck Lanford is a co-anchor on Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta.’

An interview with Aimee Copeland. One year ago, a father put a request for prayers for his daughter on Facebook. That simple request, made during a time of unimaginable stress, took off and brought prayers, blessings and concerns from all around the globe in a matter of hours. Locally, in their home community of Snellville, GA,

the Copeland family could not have known at the time what a phenomenal impact their daughter’s injury and recovery would have on them and the whole of Gwinnett County.

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The news of Aimee’s injury and the frightening Necrotizing Fasciitis that eventually caused the amputation of all four of her limbs in varying degrees, became a worldwide story in a matter of a few days. The family was suddenly in the spotlight, and according to Andy Copeland, that was part of the path to Aimee’s healing.

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Reaching goals is of great importance to both Aimee and her family. It was a major theme in a speech given at The Salvation Army of Gwinnett’s Annual Luncheon, “It Takes More than Hands to Make a Home”. In his speech, Andy Copeland retold the story of how the community came together to welcome Aimee home as she recovered. It was a joyful story of hard work, faith and perseverance that Aimee confirmed in her remarks to the audience. “Without this experience, I might not have had the ability to have as much of an impact on others’ with physical challenges,” says Aimee. “Because of the accident, I am able to reach more people in a positive way.”

Her ten-year goal is to open a practice of her own based on the principles she has studied regarding “Ecopsychology”. Having watched her, in the press, on Facebook and in person, there is no doubt that when Aimee Copeland sets a goal, it will be reached. The path may be altered just slightly from the original plan, but the goals remain remarkably and faithfully intact.