"Rayna DuBose, a highly recruited student who was granted a full athletic scholarship to play Division I Women’s Basketball at Virginia Tech starting fall 2001. In April 2002, Rayna’s life forever changed when she was struck meningococcal meningitis, which led to 96 days in the UVA Medical Center. In a coma with collapsed organs, liver problems and non-functioning kidneys that had her on dialysis, Rayna fought for her life. She won – but not before losing all four of her limbs to amputation due to lack of circulation, common with the disease. After more than a year of painful recovery, Rayna returned to Virginia Tech. She remained an active student, taking on-line classes and serving as a Student Assistant Coach on Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball team, still traveling and being a part of the team. She graduated in Spring 07. Rayna has appeared on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, CBS Sports, the CBS Early Show, and local news stations. She speaks to NCAA schools, youth leadership groups, doctors, troubled youth, fortune 500 companies, etc. Rayna loves a challenge and has a competiveness that burns within to win. Today, Rayna tours the U.S. discussing overcoming adversity, winning the game of life, vaccine importance, and goals promote progress. She hopes that one day she can spread the smile that she wears everyday with others."
For Rayna's full bio, visit her website: https://raynadubose15.weebly.com/about.html
August 22nd, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
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In 2002, Rayna DuBose was a star athlete on Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball team when she was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection and lost her four limbs.
In today’s episode, Rayna recounts her journey and discusses the mentors who encouraged her to get back in the game and share her inspirational story with others.
Rayna has been recognized with many prestigious awards in sports and has appeared in several national news outlets. Among them: HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, CBS Sports, the CBS Early Show, and local news stations. Currently, she is a basketball coach and motivational speaker. She has keynoted events with NCAA schools, youth leadership groups, doctors, troubled youth, fortune 500 companies, etc.
The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/