Nearly 50 years ago, Nance Vlinder was born in the Netherlands with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus; she was shunted right after birth. Nance does not walk and uses a wheelchair. Nance has been in a wheelchair since the age of 4.

Growing up for Nance was fun, but there were hard times as well. The hardest part of growing up was having to watch kids do things she couldn’t do herself, such as ice skating. Nance enjoys various things. Currently Nance is a PR for a country band, which takes up a lot of her time. She loves watching the The Voice on the tv. She also loves basketball and darts .

Nance has learned that she has to stay strong in a world where disabilities are still not fully accepted, even though some things are getting better. Nance told us, “you have to see what you can and can’t do, and then work hard to do the things you CAN do.”