Before she was even born, a metro Detroit girl underwent surgery and was given a 10-percent chance of survival that set the course for a lifetime of health challenges and defying the odds. 15 years later, she's showing us what a real survivor looks like and how far a little determination is taking her.
Beth Metty's source of pride stands is among an ambitious group in training for a 5K, and if trainer Maria Marino had to pick one star student, it would be 15-year-old Abby Metty.
"She has been exceeding everything that I asked her to do."
Abby is about to run her first 5K after surviving what no child should have to -- a hole in her diaphragm, a stroke, then seizures, too many to count.
"Up to sometimes 70 seizures a day. She couldn't sleep at night," said Beth Metty.
Surgery that removed 75-percent of her right brain stopped the seizures, but didn't stop Abby. Despite so many hospital stays, therapies, and the lasting effects of the stroke, she's determined.
"I used to do dance and when I had my seizures I wasn't able to do dance anymore, and I wanted to get more exercise."
That's how she ended in a running club and without needing words, her message is loud and clear.
"She's really taught me a lesson -- I've been a personal trainer for 20 years -- to never ever underestimate anyone," Marino said.
"She doesn't realize that we see her everyday challenges as such an amazing achievement and she never complains. She just keeps going and I want her to know that how proud we are," her mother said.
This Sunday Abby will strut her stuff at the Team Angels Pink and Blue United for a Cure 5K Walk. It's happening at Stony Creek and draws attention to the nearly 2,000 men who will get breast cancer every year. If you'd like to cheer on Abby or join in the walk, visit www.stjohnprovidence.org/vanelslander/pinkandbluewalk/ for more information.