Kellie Letson | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Kellie Letson

Lawrence County High School

Moulton, Alabama

Kelly has played Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball every season since the 8th grade. She has excelled and been a leader in these sports as well as being a top student. Kellie helps with Special Olympics and Relay for Life for the Cancer Society. She also is a Key Club member, SGA Representative, Secretary of the senior class and a D.A.R.E. Representative.

On May 21, 2000, Kellie was involved in a car accident. This accident left her clinging to life. Her neck was broken, liver severed and her gall bladder and appendix had to be removed. Much of her month long stay in Huntsville Hospital was spent in a coma. She also spent 10 days in physical rehabilitation at Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Atlanta. When she returned to school in August, she was still wearing a 5-pound neck halo. Kellie doesn’t remember anything about the accident although her classmates will likely never forget. Kellie continues to have short-term memory difficulties.

When Kellie returned to school, she was determined to be as she was before the accident. She was voted Homecoming Queen, and made the Volleyball and Basketball teams.

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Harris Trust


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