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LIU Post Alumna, a Disabled Veteran, Embodies Courage & Determination


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Christy GardnerBrookville, N.Y. – Christy Lynn Gardner, an LIU Post alumna who suffered severe injuries while serving in the Army in South Korea, has been named USA Hockey’s Disabled Athlete of the Year. She was profiled in the New York Daily News for her extraordinary courage and determination.

Aided by Moxie, a service dog with highly specialized abilities, Gardner competes in sled hockey, coaches a lacrosse team in her hometown of Lewiston, Maine, and is returning to college to earn a second undergraduate degree, in recreational therapy.

“There’s an aura about Christy when she walks into the room,” Mike Vaccaro, coach of Gardner’s sled hockey team, told the Daily News. “She’s an inspiration, but I don’t think she even realizes it. Nothing stops her.”

One of the conditions caused by her injuries is a seizure disorder, but Moxie is trained to sense when a seizure is coming on and warn Gardner – sometime even taking Garder’s wrist in her mouth and pulling her gently to the floor, where she would be less likely to be injured.

Gardner, who graduated in 2005 from LIU Post with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography, played lacrosse for the Pioneers from 2002 through 2004 and field hockey from 2000 through 2003. She joined the Army two weeks after graduating from LIU Post.

Click here to see the Daily News profile of Gardner.

Posted 06/24/2013

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