Three Honorees To Receive Victory Awards® Honoring Those With Disabilities
MedStar NRH 2013 Gala Victory Awards® In Washington, D.C. Wed., Oct. 30
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will be hosting its 2013 Gala Victory Awards®, Wednesday, October 30 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20008) at 6 p.m. For details go to MedStarNRH.org.
Sen. and Mrs. John McCain and Sen. and Mrs. Timothy Johnson and will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois and former MedStar NRH pediatric brain injury patient Delaney Saslav will be among those receiving Victory Awards® recognizing individuals who have shown exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity and who serve as role models for all persons with disabilities.
The emcee for the evening will be actor Robert David Hall, from the CBS-TV crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Hall, a disability rights advocate, received a Victory Award® during MedStar NRH's 25th anniversary gala in December 2011.
All proceeds from this year's Gala will support the new National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation & Research, which is to be housed in a new addition at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C. The Center will help maintain the network's national leadership position in brain injury rehabilitation and research.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth – is the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. An Iraq war veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor – A ballroom dance instructor at Boston's Arthur Murray Dance Studio K, Adrianne and her husband, Adam Davis, a U.S. airman who had just returned from Afghanistan, were watching the Boston Marathon from the sidelines. Then the bombs went off, causing her to lose her left foot.
Delaney Saslav – former MedStar NRH pediatric patient who nearly drowned as a 3-year-old at a family pool party and suffered a brain injury. When Delaney arrived at MedStar NRH a year ago, she wasn't able to sit up or speak and her arms were in spasm, and bent across her chest. A month later she was sitting up, learning to stand, and beginning to talk.
SOURCE MedStar National Rehabilitation Network