On April 20, 2017, Edie Perkins was hit by a car as she was cycling in LA and paralyzed from the chest down. Perkins, who had competed in marathons for the past 15 years, never doubted that she would race again. Within a week, she was making plans in her head to get into adaptive sports. Four months after the wreck, Perkins was released from the hospital and had a time, date and place circled on her calendar – 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Naples, Florida. In her first race back since the accident, Perkins embarked on a new athletic career: competitive handcycling.