Kate Brim

Lowell, Michigan, United States


Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.


Growing up in a small town in Michigan after being adopted from Donetsk, Ukraine at the age of 4, Kate Brim had a unique childhood. Despite the challenges of learning English and feeling a step behind her peers, she found solace in the support of her family and community.

Kate’s life took a drastic turn in December of 2017 when a routine surgery unexpectedly left her a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury. Despite the initial limitations placed upon her, she refused to let her diagnosis define her. Through perseverance and the support of those around her, she regained her independence and discovered a passion for adaptive sports like hand cycling and wheelchair rugby.

In August of 2021, Kate faced another challenge when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Determined not to let it hinder her athletic pursuits, she continued to compete, even though managing her condition posed significant challenges. Kate’s resilience and determination were evident when she not only competed but excelled, earning first place in both the time trial and road race at the World Cup and World Championships in 2022.

Kate first learned about Team Novo Nordisk through social media, drawn to the inspiring stories of athletes defying the odds. Joining the team has further reinforced her determination to overcome obstacles and serve as a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges.

Outside of cycling, Kate devotes her time to wheelchair rugby and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in operations management. She aspires to use her experiences to encourage and empower others with diabetes and physical disabilities.