PARALYMPIAN TRAINS AT MARTIN HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER AT PALM CITY

At 53, Jacqui Kapinowski has an athletic career most would envy. She has competed in 80 marathons, six triathlons, has seven national titles and has been a member of three USA teams.

And she didn’t let her wheelchair slow her down.

“I had bacterial meningitis twice and survived,” said Kapinowski, of Tequesta. “The second time I had it, the priest actually read me my last rites. My dad said that he never thought I’d come out of the hospital alive because I was really sick.”

As a result, she developed a rare neurological disorder known as “Stiff Person Syndrome” and became wheelchair bound in her 30s.

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