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Colorado principal paralyzed in snowboarding accident gets adaptive home makeover

Allyson Mallory was paralyzed from the waist down after a snowboarding accident two years ago. She was back to work in five months and back on the slopes a year later. Now her home got an adaptive makeover.

There's a plaque on the wall in Allyson Mallory's living room with a saying that might as well be her mantra: "Be fearless."

Mallory's life changed in an instant two years ago when a snowboarding accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.

She wasn't down for long, though.

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Mallory was back at work as the principal of Ralph Moody Elementary in Littleton five months after the accident. She was back on the slopes through an adaptive skiing program a little more than a year after later. She's back to CrossFit and she still loves hosting friends and family at her Englewood home.

The last bit has been a little stressful, though.

"I was really in need of another bathroom for my friends, my family, my other wheelie friends to have access to," she said.

That's where the Home Builders Foundation came in. The Denver nonprofit modifies homes to make them accessible to people who suffer life altering injuries. They partnered with Sheffield Homes to completely makeover Mallory's garage.

It took three-and-a-half months over the summer to complete the makeover. Mallory's new space includes a flex-room for family and friends to stay and a new bathroom.

"It just takes a lot of the anxiety I felt sharing my private bathroom with family and friends out of the picture," Mallory said.

The Home Builders Foundation also re-did Mallory's floor and built ramps leading into and out of her house, all at no cost to Mallory.

"They really take a challenge or a problem that someone who has sustained a serious life-altering injury like myself and provide a solution for you," she said.

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