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Woman who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria will speak at Power of the Purse luncheon

Aimee Copeland: 'I've got it going on y'all, I have an amazing life.'

Aimee Copeland was the keynote speaker for the Muscogee County School District's Transition Fair at Columbus State University. The 28-year-old University of Georgia graduate survived a case of Necrotizing Fasciitis.
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Aimee Copeland was the keynote speaker for the Muscogee County School District's Transition Fair at Columbus State University. The 28-year-old University of Georgia graduate survived a case of Necrotizing Fasciitis.

Aimee Copeland, a young woman who lost her hands, a leg and a foot in a fight with flesh-eating bacteria, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Power of the Purse Luncheon for United Way.

The event will be held Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Luke Ministry Center.

Copeland’s fight for her life began with a zipline accident in May 2012. A native of Snellville, Ga., she was a student at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton at the time, pursuing a master’s degree in psychology.

“What began as a beautiful time in nature with friends turned tragic when Aimee encountered an equipment malfunction while playing on a homemade zip line,” according to Copeland’s bio. “Her fall set the stage for the development of necrotizing fasciitis, which led to amputations and the failure of her five major organs.”

Copeland, who as 24 at the time of her accident, has since become a licensed social worker and community mental health care practitioner who travels the country telling her story.

Every year in the fall, Women United (formerly the Women’s Leadership Council) hosts The Power of The Purse luncheon to help women in need. Attendees are asked to participate in the “Wear One, Bring One” collection, which highlights the council’s service project to collect and distribute undergarments to women in need throughout our community.

The group has collected more than 3,800 undergarments and funded 230 vouchers to purchase new undergarments for women served by United Way agencies.

For tickets and more information, contact Rachel Chambless at 706-327-3255 ext. 209 or rchambless@unitedwayofthecv.org.

Alva James-Johnson: 706-571-8521, @amjreporter

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