Siskin Hospital’s 16th Annual Possibilities Luncheon was held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Just six weeks into his freshman year at college, Chris Norton got knocked down hard. Really hard.
He’d mistimed a play in the third quarter of a football game and fell to the ground severely injured, instantly losing all function and feeling from the neck down.
Doctors told him he’d fractured his C3-C4 vertebrae and gave him a three percent chance of ever moving anything below his neck again.
Chris wasn’t going to take that lying down. His determination to be among the three percent drove him to his feet, first across the graduation platform, and then down the wedding aisle.
Chris resolved to accept his college diploma standing up – and he was going to walk across the commencement platform to get it. After months of arduous physical rehabilitation, he did just that, with a little help from his then-fiancée Emily Summers.
Chris then set a new goal – to walk Emily, his new bride, down the aisle at their wedding.
With the support of his friends, family, faith, and the love of his life, Chris has found the power to stand. He is dedicating his life to empowering others to overcome their own obstacles through his motivational speaking and the Chris Norton Foundation.
“I’ve seen far too many good people go without the necessary therapy equipment and assistance to achieve their recovery goals,” he says. “People without the luxury of adequate insurance policies, quitting only because they couldn’t afford to recover.”
The Chris Norton Foundation has raised more than $800,000 to help people with spinal cord and neuromuscular injuries and disabilities. It provides tools, therapies, adaptive camps and research to millions of people.
The newlyweds have since become parents to five foster children, and Chris, at 28, has become a sought-after motivational speaker, touted by the Midwest Speakers Bureau as one of its “hottest event keynote speakers for 2018.”
We were inspired by Chris’s faith, determination and perseverance. His story helped those of us facing obstacles and difficult circumstances to know we have the power to stand.
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 Ricky Allison, a married father of two small children, whose normal day at work ended in a trip to Erlanger’s emergency room. The numbness and tingling on his right side which indicated stroke was confirmed: Ricky had suffered a major stroke at only 35 years old. Questions and uncertainty crowded in but Ricky and Beth, his wife, had strong faith and a determination to take on whatever challenges presented themselves. After a 10-day acute hospital stay, he came to Siskin Hospital, unable to walk. Five weeks later, he walked out the doors and resumed life with a grateful heart for his many gifts: family, faith, and restored health.
Our sincere thanks to 2019 Possibilities Steering Committee Co-Chairs Stan and Betsy McCright. 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 2019 and Siskin Hospital!
Premier Event Sponsor for 16 years: Unum
Presenting Speaker Sponsor for 9 years: Hamico, Inc.
Primary Broadcast Sponsor for 7 years: Brewer Media
Principal Press Sponsor for 8 years: Chattanooga Times Free Press
Promise of Hope Sponsor: M & M Productions, McCright & Associates, Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Portrait of Courage Support: Jo Ann Yates, First Tennessee Bank
Platinum Table Sponsors
Pris & Robert Siskin
GenTech Construction LLC
Genesis Roofing Company
Crystal Table Sponsors
Changed Lives (Dallas Gibbons)
Friends of Jordan Thomas
Charles & Betty Lebovitz
Village Print Shoppe
Patron Table Sponsors
Pam & Rick McKenney
Dr. John & Marilyn Boxell
Russ Blakely & Associates
The Baylor School
Chattanooga State Department of Nursing and Allied Health
McGriff Insurance Services
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Hospice of Chattanooga
HHM Wealth Advisors
UTC College of Health, Education and Professional Studies
Siskin Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists
M.J. Levine & Owen Allen
Elder’s Ace Hardware
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Monique Prado Berke
Patten & Patten
Alexian Brothers PACE
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
City of Chattanooga
Pointer Management Company
Michelle Serodino Hunter
Silverdale Baptist Church
Miller & Martin
Dr. & Mrs. James J. O’Connell
Wealth Preservation Advisors
Chris & Susan Crimmins
Thank you for your support!
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