COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Jill Moore has fully embraced the disability she lives with.
"I love my disability. I celebrate it. You could offer me money and I wouldn’t have it taken away," she says.
Jill was born with spina bifida. "That’s a birth defect in which my spinal column didn’t close all the way," she says. "Growing up I could think, talk and act like all of my friends but I moved very differently."
She's been using a wheelchair full-time since the age of seven. But, don't let that fool you, it hasn't stopped her from living life in a very big way.
"Play and adaptive sport carried me through life," Jill says.
She attended the University of Illinois in college on a full ride scholarship for wheelchair racing. The University of Illinois is one of three universities in the U.S. that have wheelchair racing programs, she says.
Jill also went on to be a wheelchair sprinter for Team USA.
She's completed twelve marathons.
Now, she's dedicated to providing play to kids of all levels of ability.
Jill works as a Marketing Specialist for Landscape Structures, which is based in Delano, Minnesota. The company builds inclusive playgrounds for kids living with a disability.
Jill gets to share her story and helps convince cities why it's important to build them.
Her message to anyone living with a disability? "The world does go on and it’s going to be a really cool place still," she says. "It’s going to be different and you’re going to have to change a lot of perspective of how you look at things and what you might want to do, but it’s not going to be any less fulfilling."