SHERIDAN — Lindsay Heimkes doesn’t remember much about the crash that left her with a fused spinal cord.
Heimkes and two friends were driving from Wyoming to Kansas City to play in a basketball scouting camp. Heimkes had just completed her freshman season at Sheridan College, one that resulted in all-region accolades. SC head coach Frank McCarthy called Heimkes the best player on the team.
But two over-corrections caused the car to roll. Heimkes was tossed from the vehicle and life-flighted to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She spent the following three weeks in intensive care, getting a spine full of titanium and the information that she’d probably never again breathe on her own.
Heimkes had other plans.
Months of rehabilitation later, and Heimkes was breathing on her own and moving her shoulders and left arm. Since the injury, she’s strengthened her body enough to take steps with a platform walker.
She made her first return to Sheridan College in February of 2007 and was recognized by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a WolvesCare Hero in the Making in 2013 (she grew up in Minnesota).
Heimkes will return to Sheridan College Saturday to recognize the 2017 recipient of the Lindsay Heimkes Inspiration Award.
“To honor her perseverance and courage, the Lindsay Heimkes Inspiration Award was established and continues to celebrate students who have beat the odds and overcome many challenges in pursuit of a higher education,” McCarthy said in a press release.
Heimkes will attend with her parents, Dave and Tammy Heimkes, along with former teammates Amy Fullmer, Page Vickrey and Molly Trocha.
McCarthy encourages any other former teammates and Sheridan College basketball fans to attend to recognize Heimkes for her continuous fight.
Saturday, Lady Generals basketball player Quriss Romero will receive the 2017 Lindsday Heimkes Inspiration Award.
“Q met a challenge in life to stay in college,” McCarthy said. “She’s gone through a lot, but she stuck with it. She’s helped the team, and she’ll graduate this spring with a 3.0 grade point average. She deserves it.”
The Lady Generals take on Miles Community College Saturday at 3 p.m. They will honor Heimkes and Romero at halftime of the men’s game, which is set to tip off at 5 p.m.