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Amputee Fulfills Dream of Graduating College

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A heroic young amputee is getting ready to fulfill her dreams of graduating from college with a big thanks to the Children's Cancer Association.

For the next week-and-a-half, this is how Kiera Brinkley will spend a good portion of her time.

Her eyes glued to a book prepping to take a national exam to become a certified medical assistant.

She's been studying like crazy.

Before that test next week, Brinkley will fulfill a dream she always thought was possible.

For the past 9 months, she's gone through an intense, 9-month program at Concorde Career College that taught her how to take vitals, do EKG's, and give injections.

A video shows her drawing her instructor's blood. Now she will graduate.

"I'm really nervous. It's a completely new step. It's a new career and just a fresh start," Brinkley said.

The program's director Stephanie Suddendorf knew the first day of orientation that Brinkley wouldn't let anything stand in her way.

She's been overcoming obstacles all her life since battling a bacterial infection called "pneumococcal sepsis" that required a quadruple amputation at age two.

"She was very attentive and her eyes were lit up. And the smile on her face just told me that she was very capable and she would be very engaged as a student," Suddendorf said.

Brinkley got her first taste of "real world" experience late last year through an externship with "Arc-Point Labs."

John Greiner learned quickly that she has a great ability to put patients at ease.

"We learned that people can do just anything they want. That's the way Kiera is. She set goals for herself. She'll have a great career in whatever she chooses. And nothing holds her back," Greiner said.

After taking her text next week, Brinkley plans to land a job in the medical field and continue to work toward becoming a nurse.

She says none of it would have been possible without CCA.

"CCA is part of the main reason why I went back to school for medical assisting. Just seeing all that they do to better the lives of children that are sick during that time in their lives. It just inspired me to go be in a field that I could have that same effect on the kids," Brinkley said.

The organization was also a big reason why she's continued to dance.

She's part of a local dance company and plans to continue performing and choreographing as she pursues her medical career.

Thanks to CCA, she believes anything is possible.

"CCA is seriously like a magic worker. They make kids dreams come true," Brinkley said.

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