NEWTON GROVE, N.C. — Over 60 years, Leigh Sumner has lived all over the world as a Marine. 

She's overcome incredible obstacles after a life-altering injury, and she continues to excel in whatever endeavor she chooses to pursue. But her joy derives from helping others.

"Life to me should be about service," Sumner says. "It's more important what we do for others than for ourselves."

A life-long athlete, Sumner played field hockey and ran track in college at ECU and Appalachian State. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1983.

"The Marine Corps paid for my grad school," she said. “I went to grad school as part of the foreign officer program in the Marine Corps. It was for National Security Affairs and additional language training in Russian.”

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