For Carlana Stone, one night changed everything. At 17, Carlana went from a high school cheerleader to a paraplegic when she got into a car with friends after a night of drinking. They were in an accident, and everyone walked away—except her. "I can remember it like it was yesterday," Carlana says. "I had broken my back, and my legs felt like they were on fire."
Giving Back Moment: There was this woman who came up to hug me in the library when I lived in Miami. She was disheveled, dirty and she was crying. She said that she had watched me on the news. She was a recovering heroin addict and said that they talked about how I had overcome adversity in their group. You don't even know when people are watching you. It showed me that I really needed to be responsible with what I did. It was extremely rewarding, even though I didn't give back to her on her purpose.
Type of Music/Artist: Steely Dan
Dessert: Crème brûlée
Time of Day: The evening with my husband or waking up to him in the morning
Indulgence: Fine dining with a nice Cabernet
Memory: My wedding day
Snack: Cream cheese frosting
Weekend Activity: Going flying with my husband and spending valuable time with family and friends
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