Aimee Copeland Speaks to Katie Couric, Gets New Vehicle
The minivan, donated by Steve Rayman Chevrolet, will be designed to meet Aimee's needs.
WSBTV.com reported that Aimee Copeland was surprised on Tuesday by Smyrna's Steve Rayman Chevrolet, who offered her a vehicle of her choosing. It will be fitted with features that meet Aimee's needs, like a driver's seat that moves to accommodate a wheelchair and hand controls to brake and accelerate.
"I'm going to be able to provide her a car, she's going to get in and drive, and there's nothing that will make me feel better in my lifetime," Steve Rayman, owner of Steve Rayman Chevrolet, said to WSBTV.
Rayman considers it a "small thing for a woman who has fought so hard."
The announcement came after Aimee's interview with Katie Couric, where she walked on stage with a walker just four months after her prognosis was grim. She lost her hands, a foot and a leg after contracting a bacterial infection following a zipline accident.
"I love life," she said to Katie Couric. "It's a beautiful thing. It's something I don't take for granted anymore."
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The City of Snellville will welcome Aimee home on the Towne Green Friday at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited.
"Aimee is looking forward to expressing her appreciation and thanks," said councilman Bobby Howard to Snellville Patch. "She's very excited about the future."
Howard said that seeing her walk on stage yesterday was "breathtaking."
City officials and residents have somewhat adopted Aimee over the past few months and have hosted fundraisers for her and her family. Over the summer, they presented the Copelands with a $19,000 check that covered the cost of an elevator inside the Copelands' home.
"It's everything that I think our community has hoped for," he said, "for her and her family. She will certainly inspire others who have hit hard times."