Copeland, a 24-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student who survived a rare flesh-eating bacterial disease, plans to walk onto the Katie show stage with the help of her prosthetics. She will share her story of survival and her plans for the future.
Copeland cut her left leg in a May 1 fall into the Little Tallapoosa River near Carrollton from a homemade backyard zipline. The wound developed life-threatening necrotizing facsciitis. a bacterial infection that emits toxins which destroy muscle and skin tissue. Both her hands, her left leg and her right foot were amputated at Doctors Hospital in Augusta to save her life. She recently completed two months of rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Copeland is due to make a public appearance Friday in her hometown of Snellville and at a Sept. 22 motorcycle ride and concert benefit in Villa Rica.
The ride and concert will be held at The Mill amphitheater in downtown Villa Rica. Signup for the ride will begin at 7 a.m. and the 63-mile ride will start at 10 a.m., and feature a full police escort through town. Registration fee for the ride is $20 per bike, plus $10 per passenger. T-shirts will be given to the first 150 riders who register. More than 2,000 riders are expected to participate, according to Ronnie Capes, event organizer.
Copeland is scheduled to appear at The Mill from 4 to 8 p.m. to meet people.
Bands performing in the concert will include Paris Luna, with Barry Waldrep, opening the show; Americana Express, the music group of Gary Duke, Copeland’s employer at Sunnyside Cafe in Carrollton; The Return, a Beatles tribute band; and Ringers Crossroad, a classic rock band.
Additional information about the Villa Rica event is available by calling Capes at 404-569-2169.