Choosing to Press On
Explore Melissa’s story below.
January 31, 1980
Eden Prairie, MN
2008, 2016, 2020
Born a patriot, Melissa joined the Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2004. That same year, her vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb and she lost her leg above the knee, making her the first female to lose a leg in active combat. After her rehab and accepting her loss of her leg, Melissa turned to sports. She knew that somehow, someway she was going to become a Paralympian and represent her country again.
“I love my 4Runner with its white frame and black rims and wheels. I can only smile when I walk through the parking lot.”
“My 4Runner can go anywhere, and it perfectly fits my family of four. My son calls it “Giganto,” and it’s become a part of our family!”