Originally published by Live Well Nebraska
With each jump on the trampoline, Katie Chipman soared a little higher.
The creaks of springs and the thunk of her feet hitting the trampoline echoed through the quiet gym. After half a dozen jumps, the 12-year-old threw out the tricks.
Flips, spirals, twists.
When her turn was done, she sat on the sideline, applauding and cheering on her teammates.
But seven years ago, that scene was unthinkable. Diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, Katie couldn’t stand or walk, let alone compete in gymnastics.
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