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Forty for 40: Kelly Brush Davisson, MS-Nursing ’13, RN, FNP

May 23, 2017
Forty for 40

A debilitating ski injury did not deter Kelly Brush Davisson from helping others. In some ways, it accelerated her mission to make a difference in the world.

A gifted athlete, Davisson was paralyzed from the waist down in a tragic accident in 2006 while competing for the Middlebury College ski team. She and her family responded by creating the non-profit Kelly Brush Foundation, which has helped hundreds of individuals living with paralysis discover the benefits of sports and recreation, and has improved ski racing safety for thousands.

For her work, Sports Illustrated bestowed its highest honor on Davisson and her foundation in 2012 in its “10 Who Care” series. She also received a prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association Inspiration Award.

Today, she is president of the foundation’s board of directors, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in her native Vermont, and continues her active lifestyle—including recently skiing Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington, an impressive feat for any skier.