9 March 2013

It was five years ago yesterday that I woke up unable to speak. Ever since then, I have traveled on a difficult journey – a journey largely made possible by the talented and compassionate therapists I have worked with, some of whom are here tonight.

I never would have imagined 5 years ago that I would be standing here before you this evening thanking you for this great honor. You have not only helped me to regain and improve my speech, but you have made me a better person in the process. I only hope that I’m able to carry this award forward into the community to help stroke survivors as you have helped me.

Thanks so much!