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Quadriplegic Woman Tackles PCT Thru-Hike

Computer-powered leg braces help Stacy Kozel cover up to 30 miles a day.

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After a car accident plus lupus left Stacy Kozel a quadriplegic in 2014, doctors didn’t think she’d ever walk again. But with the help of computer-powered leg braces, Kozel completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and is currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, covering up to 30 miles per day.