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The story of a Charles City teenager whose world turned upside down just a month before her college athletics career was set to start is a story of perseverance.Carly Stevenson was rushed to the hospital with a blood clot a month before her first day of class at Wartburg College. She was all set to throw shot put and discus for the college track team.Doctors thought it was dire. In fact, they told her family to start preparing for the worst. But they kept their faith. She’s now in recovery in Ankeny, working with occupational therapists at On With Life.Every day, they work to improve her balance, head control, hand and arm movements and communication skills. But it’s her team of doctors who have found themselves inspired by her desire to progress. “If you look at her story from start to finish you know. As she’s growing up and going through sports and playing at like an elite level, it’s kind of easy to look back at her story now and feel sad about it. But I think she really has come over so many things it is really a story about hope,” occupational therapist Samantha Williams said.Her mom said she still has a spot on Wartburg’s team and that her coaches and teammates still keep in touch with her. A family friend has started a Facebook page and a Go Fund Me page — Carly’s Fight — for people who want to keep up with her journey through rehabilitation.Carly’s mom said friends and family have donated more than $30,000.

The story of a Charles City teenager whose world turned upside down just a month before her college athletics career was set to start is a story of perseverance.

Carly Stevenson was rushed to the hospital with a blood clot a month before her first day of class at Wartburg College. She was all set to throw shot put and discus for the college track team.

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Doctors thought it was dire. In fact, they told her family to start preparing for the worst.

But they kept their faith. She’s now in recovery in Ankeny, working with occupational therapists at On With Life.

Every day, they work to improve her balance, head control, hand and arm movements and communication skills.

But it’s her team of doctors who have found themselves inspired by her desire to progress.

“If you look at her story from start to finish you know. As she’s growing up and going through sports and playing at like an elite level, it’s kind of easy to look back at her story now and feel sad about it. But I think she really has come over so many things it is really a story about hope,” occupational therapist Samantha Williams said.

Her mom said she still has a spot on Wartburg’s team and that her coaches and teammates still keep in touch with her.

A family friend has started a Facebook page and a Go Fund Me page — Carly’s Fight — for people who want to keep up with her journey through rehabilitation.

Carly’s mom said friends and family have donated more than $30,000.

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