Sydnie Hansen – Utah Nomination by Jen Hansen Photography by Jamie Broadrick Photography Issue 64 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Sydnie Hansen, is my hero. Sydnie was diagnosed at birth with VACTERL association. She has endured 30+ surgeries, thousands of procedures and will endure lifetime medical cares. With all she has endured she smiles and runs on. She started running track in 7th grade and has never stopped. During her high school years, she has continued to run track. She runs the 200 meters, 400 meters and the 4x400 relay. She has ran herself to the state track meet every year with exception of 2019 Covid. She doesn’t classify herself as disabled and is a silent hero. She is my hero. “There isn’t anything we cannot do; we may just have to work a little harder”.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I may have been born with several birth defects, which most people don’t know, about me. However, those challenges I was born with do not define who I am, nor do they stop my journey. I have always been told by my parents, that things may be easy for me, or I may have to work a little harder. No matter what hold my head up and keep running on.
What else would you like to talk about? Sydnie, has been such an amazing young lady. She has overcome and endured in her life more than myself or many grown adults have. She has an incredible amount of inner strength and determination. When I look at her, I am beyond proud to have seen her persevere.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Track, I love to run and track is a passion of mine. I love the thrill of challenging myself. I love the ability to push myself a little harder and a little further each time I run.
Look for Sydnie in issue 64 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!