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Future Lipscomb student athlete raises awareness for MS

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Kayla Montgomery Kayla Montgomery
Lipscomb track coach Bill Taylor Lipscomb track coach Bill Taylor

One of the top runners in the nation will soon be bringing her talents to Lipscomb University. To see Kayla Montgomery run like the wind you'd never know she has multiple sclerosis.

The North Carolina teen was diagnosed in 2010.

"Instead of letting it stop me from running, I've used it to motivate me to break records," she said.

MS is a disease that can be treated but not cured. Montgomery said about midway through each race, her legs begin to feel almost like they've fallen asleep.

But instead of dwelling on things she maybe wouldn't get to do, Montgomery defied the odds and became one of the fastest high school seniors in the nation.

Her parents have lost count of how many colleges offered her a track scholarship, but come August, the remarkable teen will be moving to Nashville.

"I just felt in my heart that she was supposed to be here, and it didn't bother me. People say we're taking a risk, well everybody's a risk. Everything's a risk. We felt like she was supposed to be here," said Lipscomb track coach Bill Taylor.

Taylor was the first person to contact Montgomery last summer, not knowing she had MS. But even after she broke the news, he was sold.

"The one thing, and you can see video of her online, I mean, she is a competitor. She will fight. That's all we can really ask of a student is to give their absolute best," Taylor said.

There's one thing Taylor is preparing for. At the end of every race, Montgomery collapses as her legs just stop working.

"We're going to have to have somebody there to catch her," Taylor said.

Montgomery said her decision to attend Lipscomb was easy, because she felt like it was home.

Over the past couple of weeks, she has been featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the Today Show, but her mom says the instant fame hasn't gone to her head.

Her priority is to raise awareness of MS and let survivors know that life goes on.

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