McClain Hermes is an inspiration

McClain Hermes is an inspiration to all that know her!
Posted on 12/13/2017
McClain HermesMcClain Hermes goes “Above and Beyond” in every aspect of her daily life. She is an accomplished swimmer, a strong student, and she has a heart for helping others.
  
At the early age of eight years old, McClain was diagnosed with Wagner Syndrome which resulted in retina detachments in both of her eyes. She is now completely blind in the right eye and describes the vision in her left eye as, “seeing through a straw with wax paper over it.” McClain was the youngest Team USA member on the Paralympic team that competed in September of 2016 in Rio for the Paralympic games. She currently holds 15 American records, one Pan American record, and one world record. In August 2015, McClain represented Team USA at the 2015 Parapan American Games and won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle.
  
Hermes and her father began Shoes for the Souls as a small service project in 2009. Her organization, which helps the Atlanta Mission, has grown from collecting 365 pairs of shoes the first year to over 15,000 pairs in 2016.
  
In the winter of 2017, McClain traveled to Mexico City to compete in the World Para Swimming Championships and she did great! In only four days, McClain won four medals, including her first gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle.
   
We can’t wait to see what is next for McClain!
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