Kathryn Champion is a former paramedic/emergency medical technician practitioner, public school teacher, college professor, commander in Iraq of a U.S. Army special forces civil affairs unit made up of 500 men, and a wounded warrior. Her decorations include the Bronze Star, among others. Champion has college degrees in several disciplines including biology, health sciences, and an MBA in small business administration.
She has medically examined countless children, led soldiers safely through intense firefights, and survived deadly IED explosions even though her unit in Iraq lost five men. Her multiple injuries eventually caused her to lose her eyesight, but they haven’t hurt her spirit. Champion lights up any room she walks into and quickly makes everyone a friend. Her positive outlook on life and the lemons it gives is an inspiration to all who come in contact with the Champ.
- The bee symbolizes Champion, known to her platoon as “Queen Bee.”
- The red, white, and blue umbrella represents her service and patriotic duties.
- Embedded within the slice of lemon is the the Bronze Star Champion received for her acts of heroism.
- The yellow underside of the umbrella represents her civilian transition upon moving to sunny Florida after serving.
- The seven ice cubes represent the seven explosions Champion survived.
- “Best Damn Lemonade” is Champion’s passionate twist of the classic saying, “When life gives you lemons, make the best damn lemonade you can make.”
“In all you do… be a Champion!”
- Although blind, Champion can still see shadows of the bright colors on her boots. The vibrancy represents her energy and passion to feel alive and active. Above all, Champion aims to live her life to the fullest, despite all the ups and downs.
- Embossed in the heel collar is the life motto, ”In all you do… be a Champion!” that Champion takes with her everyday.
- The sun is a reminder that the sun will rise and there will be good and bad days, but no matter what, they’re worth living.
- The Egpytian Anuk with the five stars honors the five individuals lost in her command during combat. Their lives were not lost in vane.
- The embossed reptile texture on the boot’s toe reminds Champion of the ocean’s waves and represents the state of Florida where she currently calls home.
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