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Paralympian Chris Waddell to Speak about Resilience at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Released September 13, 2011

WHITE PLAINS, NY – September 13, 2011 – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced that Paralympian Chris Waddell will present a message of resilience and community during a Clinical Conference at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital on Monday, September 19th at Burke Rehabilitation Center at 12:30 PM.  The Presentation will take place in Wood Pavilion. Featured this past July on  ABC’s 20/20’s “Superhumans” segment for his 2009 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Waddell is coming as a part of his 10-week tour of Nametags and One Revolution, the award-winning documentary of the climb, which will be shown that evening at Helen Hayes Hospital in Haverstraw, New York.

Paralyzed in 1988 while ski racing for Middlebury College, Waddell went on to become one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes, earning 13 medals over seven games. He won World Championships in skiing and wheelchair racing. Compelled to change the way that others perceive those with disabilities, Waddell founded One Revolution Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to change the way that the world sees people with disabilities by demonstrating the common journey of challenge. One Revolution stands for how something small can lead to something big—how one turn of the cranks can lead to the summit of 19,340-foot Mt Kilimanjaro, or how reaching one child can change the nature of our perceptions.

Chris estimated that it took 528,000 such revolutions to reach the top. Chris shows students that they have the power each day to make decisions about what “Nametags” they will wear. “Nametags is not about disability, it is about resilience and community.  Chris has a wonderful ability to bring people together and inspire them to do great things.” says Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.  who helped design the program. Waddell will travel throughout the country to spread his message.  For further information about Chris and his foundation, visit his website at

Members of the community are invited to attend this free presentation. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for the event, please contact Sandra Alexandrou, PT at (914) 597-2581 or via email at

The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center.  Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ­treatment, while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury.

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