Valley of the Sun Rehab Hospital
Beth Bacher, CEO and her loyal partner in crime, Summer Wittkemper, our fearless DMO, join the merry band in the assembly area. Evidently, the police and fire departments have a long memory and found crimes and fires to fight rather than put up with the antics of Jerry Suggs, 2002 Amputees Across America alumnus.
Escorted by two HealthSouth vehicles, and without the unerring accuracy of Joe's GPS, the riders managed to make it to the facility without getting lost.
Traveling at a high rate of speed, Abel puts his Navy training to work and manages to sound out the letters of the HealthSouth sign in time to make his turn into the facility.
Abel arrives at the front door with Beas following closely behind
And upon arrival, Beas talks to other amputees and stroke victims trying to find out where he can get some grits and hominy.
Jerry talks to a young lady about joining the Navy.
Joe, Beas and Abel tell their stories and give the message of hope to a captivated audience.
Jerry grabs the microphone from Joe and begins to tell his life story.
Jerry continues with his life story and is describing here the troubles he had with his teachers in the fourth grade.
Here the crowd is spellbound with glazed eyes as Jerry describes his experiences in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Mercifully, Jerry covers his military career in something less than forty minutes. Everyone stands with relief and applauds.
Beas talks to Diana and warns her about the tricks that OTs use to get their patients to stand up for hours and hours and hours at a time.
Joe feels sorry for Marlene in the clutches of Bonnie and goes to her aid. Marlene gets even with Bonnie for making her stand and take her first steps by stomping on her toe. Marlene, we are proud of, and inspired by you in pushing past the discomfort and taking your first steps.
Abel, once again, puts his Navy training to work by coloring a poster and keeping all of the colors inside the lines.
Bill, an Ex-Marine and marksmanship instructor takes a poster from Abel and Beas and begins marking concentric circles around the chests of the riders.
Finally, seeing the last patient, we were exhausted and exhilarated. We could not have asked for a day that was any better. The staff was fun, the food fantastic, and the patients wonderful. Our thanks to everyone who made us feel so comfortable and at home.