Patient Spotlight: Meet Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd Hammer has always approached life with enthusiasm and a positive spirit, even after being diagnosed with transverse myelitis (TM). At just 8-years-old, Sarah Todd, an aspiring ballerina, became paralyzed.

Fortunately, her family brought her to theInternational Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Four years later, she can walk and even dance again. Now, she is inspiring others by walking the 5k in the Baltimore Running Festival for Team Kennedy Krieger to raise money for patients with spinal cord injuries.

And she’s inspiring many more through a book she co-wrote with friend Jennifer Starzec, who also has TM. She hopes the book—5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury—will bring inspiration to anyone going through a life-changing diagnosis.

“If I didn’t have TM, I wouldn’t be an author and I wouldn’t have met a lot of my best friends who also have TM,” she says. “I try to think about all the good things that came out of it instead of the bad.” Read more inspiring stories here.