Michigan MS Society Honors Paralympic Gold Medalist Jeremy Campbell with "Spirit of da Vinci Award"

Jeremy Campbell, Team US Gold Medalist at the 2012 London Paralympic games, is the recipient of the 2013 Michael J. Rokosz Spirit of da Vinci Award®, created by the Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society. The honor is given each year to individuals who have overcome their physical limitations and serve as great inspirations to others.

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“Jeremy’s accomplishments and ongoing advocacy for those with disabilities is an inspiration to all of us,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter.

Southfield, MI (PRWEB) April 10, 2013

Jeremy Campbell, Team US Gold Medalist at the 2012 London Paralympic games, is the recipient of the 2013 Michael J. Rokosz Spirit of da Vinci Award®, created by the Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society. The honor is given each year to individuals who have overcome their physical limitations and serve as great inspirations to others.

Campbell will receive the award and deliver the keynote speech at the National MS Society’s 2013 da Vinci Awards® gala, Thursday, April 11, at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

The da Vinci Awards® are an international forum of recognition for the most innovative developments in adaptive and assistive technologies. Inventors and innovators from around the world will compete to win the da Vinci Award in each of five award categories, with the winners announced live on April 11. The Spirt of da Vinci Award is named after the founder of the awards event, Michael J. Rokosz, who passed away in 2010.

The day before the da Vinci Awards, Wednesday, April 10, Campbell will share his story with patients, staff, and wheelchair athletes at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.    

Campbell was born without a right fibula and growing up in Perryton, Texas, he spent most of his entire life competing against able-bodied athletes, first as an All-State football player in high school and then in other sports. As a member of the U.S. National Track & Field Paralympic Team, he has achieved world-wide success and a number of amazing accolades.

Campbell currently holds multiple Gold Medals from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games and most recently the 2012 London Paralympic games. After capturing America’s heart in the 2008 games, Campbell broke the American discus F44 world record four times in 2012 becoming the first-ever Paralympic athlete to throw more than 60m.

Not only is Jeremy training for the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, he has also set his eyes on qualifying and competing in the Olympic Games. Off the track, Jeremy prides himself on giving back in the community and being an active role model for those with a disability to show others that no dream is ever too big or out of reach.

“Jeremy’s accomplishments and ongoing advocacy for those with disabilities is an inspiration to all of us,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. “We look forward to his keynote Spirit of da Vinci Award speech and are delighted that he will also be visiting with our friends at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan while he is in town. The time Jeremy spends here in Michigan will positively impact everyone involved.”

4/10 RIM Meet & Greet

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in rehabilitation medicine and research. RIM is known for its clinical expertise in spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, complex trauma and orthopedics and catastrophic injury care. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery.

4/11 - 2013 da Vinci Awards® presented by General Motors & UAW GM

Since 2001, the da Vinci Awards® has been a prestigious international symbol of recognition for the most innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technology. The Awards celebrate people who triumph over disabilities and honors individuals, organizations and companies for their innovative developments and research that embrace the "Universal Design Principle." This principle encourages the development of products that can benefit all people, regardless of ability.

Proceeds from the da Vinci Awards® benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. Michigan has more than 18,000 people living with MS, one of the highest incidence rates in the country.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ford Conference and Event Center, Dearborn, MI

  •     6pm - VIP Reception
  •     6:30pm – Cocktails & Strolling Dinner, meet the award finalists
  •     8pm – Awards Show
  •     9:30pm – Afterglow Dessert Reception


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