Paralympic Archer comes to Rapid City, spreads message of hope

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Rapid City, SD A life-changing accident didn't stop one woman from living her dreams at the 2016 Rio Games.

Now, the enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe is sharing her passion.

Samantha Tucker, a paralympic archer, said "Anybody can do anything they set their mind to. There's always a way. Always a way."

That's the message that brought Samantha Tucker to a world-wide stage.

Competing as a paralympic archer at the 2016 Rio Games - but, with just one arm.

Tucker said "Your greatest wound can be your greatest weapon."

A bow and arrow in Samantha's case - as she took aim at her dreams after a motorcycle accident changed everything.

Debris on a quiet Kentucky road knocked her bike over 6 years ago.

Tucker said "Engine throttle got stuck. My suit got stuck in the drive belt and it sucked me into the back wheel."

Samantha was forced to amputate her arm - but didn't let that stop her.
Tucker said "Impossible is an opinion and not a fact . Because it's just a choice."

The Nebraska local and enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe now travels as a transformational speaker, with a stop at the Lakota Nation Education Conference, Friday.

Tucker said "You're created for a life of purpose, meaning and joy. And you've been given this opportunity to compassionately spread that message and share that with people."

She shares a message of hope - after she once had none. As a child, Samantha was abused and suicide became a way out.

Tucker said "Not necessarily to kill myself, but for the pain to end."
Sadly, this Nebraskan isn't alone.

Reports show South Dakota is ranked 18th in the nation for suicide rates, but 3rd in the U.S. for 15 to 24-year-olds who lost their life to suicide.

Tucker said "You are not alone. You are not alone. It doesn't matter what you've been through - you are not as alone as you think."

Samantha says you can hold yourself to higher standards by surroundng yourself with people already there.

Tucker said "And I think that's what we're all here to do - is to help educate and encourage and empower individuals to realize and step into a life that you're created for."