Paralympic gold medal swimmer to speak at Oak Grove Women's conference
By Aegis staff report
Mar 14, 2019 | 3:50 PM
Jessica Long, a gold-medal winning paralympic swimmer for Team USA, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Women’s Conference at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bel Air.
The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the church, located at 2106 Churchville Road.
Long participated in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games — an international, multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities. She is the second-most decorated paralympian in U.S. history and will be participating in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games.
Born in Russia, Long was adopted into a Baltimore-family. Since Jessica was born with fibular hemimelia, her lower legs were amputated at 18 months old. On her Facebook page, Long writes about her surgery so many years ago: “...I didn’t let it stop me from standing in my new prosthetic legs less than 24 hours after my surgery. We may not know why difficult things happen to us, but be inspired that somehow and in someway [sic] you’re being challenged to be the best you can be. You never know whose life you’re touching through YOUR story.”
Since her first surgery, she has had other surgeries and has overcome many obstacles. Through it all, Long has been resilient and says that life isn’t always easy but says how a person responds to their challenges is important.