• Kelly LaVallie

From Brain Surgery to Show Jumping, this Local Teen Exemplifies Humble Strength

Just like her athletic idols Chris Norton and Bethany Hamilton, Rylie Ludwig of Elburn is devoted to sharing her “journey of healing” in hopes of inspiring others.

As a competitive show jumper at the young age of 15, Rylie’s dedication to the sport and its daily practice commitments are impressive. It is how she is fighting and overcoming debilitating health challenges, however, that are of real praise and admiration.

At only six years old, in May of 2012, after having undiagnosed symptoms for months, doctors detected a golf ball sized brain tumor in Rylie’s right frontal lobe. An additional mass equal in size was surrounding it. She was immediately rushed to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago for surgery.