Possibilities 2017 with Melissa Stockwell
Siskin Hospital's 14th Annual Possibilities Luncheon was held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, retired U.S. Army 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell was the first-ever female American soldier to lose a limb in active duty in Iraq. Today, Melissa is a three-time World Champion and two-time Paralympian who won the Paralympic Bronze Medal in triathlon on Sept. 11, 2016. The extraordinary story of her journey from combat in Bagdad to the medals podium on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro has brought audiences across the country to their feet - as did her amazing 2017 presentation to the Chattanooga audience!
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell's tour of active service in Bagdad ended abruptly when a roadside bomb blasted the Humvee in which she rode. When she awoke in the Bagdad ER, still in her army fatigues, she realized she'd lost her left leg and knew then her life would be forever changed.
And that, she says, "is where my real story begins."
Melissa, the first-ever female American soldier to lose a limb in active duty in Iraq, worked through months of physical rehabilitation, learning to walk again on her new prosthetic leg, and went on to become a three-time Parathriathlon World Champion and two-time Paralympian who won the Paralympic Bronze Medal in triathlon on September 11.
Melissa believes we each have the power to create our own story, and that each of us can do anything we put our minds to. She challenges us to embrace the unknown, be optimistic, and view the future with confidence. For Melissa, life is full of inspiration, even in the darkest of places. She reminds us that we can choose our response to the metaphoric "bombs" in our own lives.
The Possibilities Luncheon gives us the opportunity to highlight the courage and success of some of our remarkable former patients. They share their miraculous stories of recovery in a heartwarming video. This year's patient honoree was Peter Wilkerson, whose life at just 24 came to a complete halt as he battled Guillain-Barre Syndrome. At Siskin Hospital he regained his strength and independence, discharging home with a new bride and hopes for a bright future. View Peter's full story here:
Our sincere thanks to 2017 Possibilities Steering Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Fred and Ruth Obear. 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 2017 and Siskin Hospital!
Premier Event Sponsor for 14 years - Unum
Presenting Speaker Sponsor for 7 years - Hamico Inc.
Principal Press Sponsor for 6 years - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Primary Broadcast Sponsor for 5 years - Brewer Media
Portrait of Hope Sponsor - M&M Productions
Platinum Table Sponsors
Jo Ann Yates
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Siskin
Fillauer Companies (in memory of Carlton Fillauer)
Dr. Fred & Mrs. Ruth Obear
Claire Siskin Binder (in memory of Mose & Eva Siskin)
Russ Blakely & Associates
Crystal Table Sponsors
Lawson Electric Company
Charles & Betty Lebovitz
Drs. Liz & Vic Thomas
Patron Table Sponsors
UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
City of Chattanooga
Patten & Patten
University Surgical Associates
Amelia Allen & MJ Levine
Dr. and Mrs. Matt Bernard
UTC Chancellor's Office
Elder's Ace Hardware
Siskin Spine & Rehab
Siskin Children's Institute
Elliott, Davis, Decosimo
Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain
Pam & Rick McKenney
Carol Arnhart & Tod Cain
McCright & Associates
Erlanger Health System
Mickey McCamish / Bill Raines
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Miller & Martin
Chris and Susan Crimmins
Fairway Outdoor Advertising
McKesson Technology Solutions
HHM Wealth Advisors, LLC
Monique and Andy Berke
Husch Blackwell LLP
Thank you for your support!
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