It’s been more than 35 years since Ronald Reagan stated, during his first inaugural address, “Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.” We discovered heroes in every state, starting with the determined 69-year-old who won a match at an ITF Pro Circuit event earlier this year in the Alabama town of Pelham, and culminating with the coach who has overcome multiple sclerosis to build a winning program at the University of Wyoming. Their compelling stories of courage, perseverance and achievement demonstrate that the message delivered by our 40th President rings as true today as it did then.
Severed spinal cord. Collapsed lungs. Lacerated liver. Broken ribs.
Marianne Page’s injuries following a devastating 1997 car accident were so severe that the nurse taking care of her that first night in the hospital didn’t think she would live to see the sun rise.
Page was just 23 years old at the time, a recent college graduate with a new job and a bright future. Perhaps it was her young, fit body, or maybe just a little bit of luck, but she survived the first night, and the next, and the next. In fact, her brush with death softened the blow of learning that she would likely never walk again.