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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 . 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."

Did you watch Aimee on Katie Couric's show? What was your reaction?

The City of Snellville 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, 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."

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(Editor's Note: See Snellville Patch for continuing coverage of Aimee Copeland)

Ann Anderson - mustbeamiracle September 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This was such an amazing moment! Look how this unfortunate accident has already touched thousands of peoples lives. God is going to use her in mighty ways and the great thing is she's going to let Him. Thanks for sharing!
Sharon Swanepoel September 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I think it is a family thing to be so absolutely positive. I've spoken to Paige when I go into Longhorns here in Monroe, asking how her sister is, and she is always so upbeat and positive about Aimee's progress. Aimee does have a great support system, but she truly is inspirational.

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