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Paralympic athlete inspires students in Haubstadt

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Children at Haubstadt Community School had a special guest speaker on Monday.  

She told them not to let anything stand in the way of their dreams.

Katy Sullivan is a paralympic athlete and actress.  

She told students they can do anything they set their minds to.

Sullivan was born without the lower halves of her legs, and started wearing prosthetics when she was just a year old.

Since then, she's competed in Paralympic Games and has taken on films and TV shows in New York and Los Angeles. 

But it wasn't always easy, and she shared with students that failing is okay, too.

“For me it was a lot of trial and error, and my parents let me fail and they let me fall down and I had to figure how to get back up,” said Sullivan. 

“And those are the kinds of things I'm going to share with the kids.  You don't always win. Sometimes you fail, but sometimes through the failures, you learn the most about yourself.” 

Katy will be visiting with an Indiana woman later this week, who is also a double-amputee.

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