Possibilities 2016 with Grant and Shawna Korgan
Siskin Hospital’s 13th Annual Possibilities Luncheon was held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Grant and Shawna Korgan
World-record holding Antarctic Explorer, renowned adventure athlete, author and motivational speaker Grant Korgan took the stage with his wife Shawna—wellness expert, certified personal trainer, life coach and budding author—for a dynamic and life-impacting keynote presentation.
“We are all survivors,” Korgan says. “Although my body has been broken, my spirit never will be.”
World-class adventurer, nanoscientist, and professional athlete Grant Korgan had never balked at a challenge. And on March 5, 2010, the day his life’s direction veered dramatically, he undertook his greatest challenge of all – an astounding recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury.
A day that started with good friends and snowmobiles in the Sierra Mountains of California ended with a helicopter ride to Reno’s renowned medical center. He’d overshot a jump and burst fractured his L1 vertebra, or, in the words of a close friend and eyewitness to the accident, “exploded his L1 vertebra [sending] shrapnel into his spinal cord.” He underwent nine hours of reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. His determination, and the unconditional love and support of Shawna, his wife of five months, strengthened him to not only recover, but to rise and reclaim his active lifestyle. From wheelchair to walker to crutches to two canes, Grant progressed painfully, tirelessly, steadily, eventually becoming the first spinal cord-injured athlete in history to ski 80 miles to Antarctica’s South Pole. Today, he is the emerging face of spinal cord recovery and heralds his message of choosing positivity through adversity so that we may all climb a mountain for someone we love.
Grant chronicles his injury and road to recovery in his autobiography, Two Feet Back, aimed at reminding us all “that regardless of ability (or perceived dis-ability), every single one of us has the power to come to the awareness that you can achieve everything you desire in this life.”
“I believe humanity’s natural state is one of positivity, greatness, and, ultimately, love,” says Grant. He is committed to sharing with others what he knows about the power of positivity, achieving goals regardless of circumstance, and the importance of remembering that life is happening right now, in this moment, with or without our permission.
On that fateful day, Shawna Korgan held the face of her husband of five months as he told her that he couldn’t feel or move anything from the waist down. She determined to keep the promises she had made to him just five months earlier and work for the beautiful vision they’d had of their future together. She took his recovery head on, with a drive and tenacity equal to Grant’s, drawing upon her 15 years as a certified personal trainer and her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Ecology. She worked with doctors and therapists to devise a rigorous plan to reach Grant’s goal of 120 percent recovery, integrating traditional forms of therapy with spiritually-inspiring techniques to transport Grant to the places he holds special in life.
Shawna believes the opportunity to serve others is one of the greatest gifts we can receive. Through blogs, webinars and private coaching she empowers individuals, with and without injuries, to reach their health, fitness and life goals. Shawna is currently writing her first book about her journey through Grant’s recovery, as well as developing a guide for caregivers.
In enthralling multimedia presentations, Grant Korgan plunged his audience into his skiing, snowmobiling, and kayaking expeditions by sharing multi-angled, HD footage of his various experiences—including his fateful snowmobile accident.
Our sincere thanks to 2016 Possibilities Steering Committee Co-Chairs Rick and Pam McKenney. We also thank our dedicated Steering Committee for their support and fundraising efforts.
Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate your support of Possibilities 2016 and Siskin Hospital!!
Premier Event Sponsor for 13 Years - Unum
Presenting Speaker Sponsor for 6 years - Hamico Inc.
Principal Press Sponsor for 5 years - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Primary Broadcast Sponsor for 4 years - Brewer Media
Portrait of Courage Sponsor- SunTrust Bank/SunTrust Foundation
Promise of Hope Sponsor- M&M Productions
Platinum Table Sponsors
Claire Siskin Binder
Robert P. Main
Siskin Steel & Supply Co. (in memory of David Browning)
Jo Ann Yates
Pris & Robert Siskin
Crystal Table Sponsors
Siskin Children's Institute
Anita Levine (in memory of Goldie & Garrison Siskin)
Berry & Hunt
Russ Blakely & Associates
Drs. Liz & Vic Thomas
Claire Siskin Binder
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
First Tennessee Bank
Patron Table Sponsors
Pinnacle Financial Partners
UTC COllege of Health, Education & Professional Studies
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC
BB&T Huffaker with Bill Wilder & Roger Aldridge
University Surgical Associates
Patten Pettway (in memory of Laquita Joseph)
The Bright School (in honor of Pam & Rick McKenney)
McCright & Associates
Amelia Allen & M. J. Levine
Raymond James/Mike & Debbie Brown
Siskin Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists
Elder's Hardware (in honor of Bob Main)
City of Chattanooga
Steve & Vivian Bettis
Erlanger Health System
Rick & Pam McKenney
Service Electric Company
Dr. John Boxell
Patten & Patten
Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain
Miller & Martin
Chris & Susan Crimmins
Lamp Post Group
McKesson Technology Solutions
Thank you for your support!
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