Resiliency and a dynamic spirit describe Katie Eddington, young daughter of 21-year Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) veteran Assembly Pilot Team Leader Russell Eddington and wife Samantha.
In 2013, Katie was involved in a lawnmower accident, resulting later in the amputation of her right leg above the knee.
“The hardships she’s endured and overcome — a lot of people don’t understand real challenges and real issues,” says Russell. Yet, he says Katie has an incredible attitude. She’s in life’s race to win it — in more ways than one.
Katie is currently the junior national record holder in the Adaptive Track and Field 60, 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints within her T42 classification. So, when TMMK’s ToyotAbility business partnering group invited U.S. multi-medal winning Paralympian Oksana Masters to talk about her athleticism and perseverance as a double amputee, it made sense to invite a local future Paralympian, Katie.
“Toyota is one of the best things in my life,” says Russell.
“This event gave us a chance to thank the people of Toyota for being there for us.”
Together Oksana and Katie shared their journeys and perspective on pushing through life’s challenges. They shared their appreciation for the support they have both received, and they emphasized the importance of starting your own impossible — leaving the audience inspired and motivated.
Russell and his wife, Samantha, could not be prouder of Katie and her accomplishments. She continues driving forward and tackling new challenges in her sport.