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Shepherd Center Magazine:

Spinal Column ®

Summer 2013

Shepherd Center

2020 Peachtree Road, NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

404-352-2020

magazine@shepherd.org

www.ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

Editor

Jane M. Sanders

Design

Soloflight, Inc.

Contributing Writers

Kate Barnes, Sara Baxter, John Christensen,

Amanda Crowe, Rachel Franco, Phillip

Jordan, Florina Newcomb, Cara Roxland,

Alex Seblatnigg, Scott Sikes, David Simpson,

Midge Tracy, Lauren Tucker, Matt Winkeljohn

Contributing Photographers

Joe Anziano, Jakob Crowder, Sabrina

Evans, Louie Favorite, James Fitts, Abby

Greenawalt, Donn Jones, Kelly Jordan,

Gary Meek, Meg Porter

Board of Directors

James H. Shepherd, Jr., Chairman

Gary Ulicny, Ph.D., President and CEO

Emory A. Schwall, Vice President

William C. Fowler, Treasurer

Stephen B. Goot, Corporate Secretary

Alana Shepherd, Recording Secretary

Members

Fred V. Alias, Gregory P. Anderson, David

F. Apple, Jr., M.D., C. Duncan Beard † , Brock

Bowman, M.D. * , Wilma Bunch * , James M.

Caswell, Jr., Sara S. Chapman, Clark Dean,

John S. Dryman, Mitchell J. Fillhaber * , David H.

Flint, Stephen B. Holleman * , Michael L. Jones,

Ph.D. * , Tammy King * , Donald Peck Leslie, M.D.,

Douglas Lindauer, Sarah Morrison * , Julian B.

Mohr, Charles T. Nunnally III, Sally D. Nunnally,

Clyde Shepherd III, J. Harold Shepherd, Scott

H. Sikes * , James E. Stephenson, James D.

Thompson, Goodloe H. Yancey III †

*

Ex Officio


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About the Cover: Mike Moberg of Nashville,

Tenn., rides a hand cycle as part of his

exercise routine. Mike followed an intense

fitness routine and healthy diet to lose half his

body weight following his rehabilitation for a

spinal cord injury. Photo by Donn Jones

Dear Friends,

As Shepherd Center increases its emphasis on injury prevention, we are looking

at the inherent risks in sports, especially at the high school level. In this issue, we

examine the issue of catastrophic care insurance for student-athletes (see page 12).

We urge schools and universities to provide this type of coverage for their

students participating in organized sports. We also urge parents to make

themselves aware of the coverage — or lack thereof — provided by the school, as

well as their personal health insurance policies. Many medical insurance plans have

a $25,000 limit, and much like homeowners are rarely insured against flood damage

to homes unless they have flood insurance, those medical plans often don’t provide

adequate coverage for the costly — and sometimes lifetime-long — care required to

treat catastrophic injuries, such as those to the brain or spinal cord. Parents should

consider purchasing a supplemental policy to cover these types of injuries.

Football injuries, especially those to the brain, have rightly gotten a lot of

attention in recent months because of controversy and policy changes regarding

concussions in NFL players. But football is certainly not the only sport in which

catastrophic injuries can occur. Take the case of University of Georgia baseball

player Johnathan “J.T.” Taylor, who completed rehabilitation at Shepherd Center.

He collided with another player in the outfield and sustained a cervical spinal cord

injury. Fortunately, a supplemental policy purchased by UGA, along with the NCAA’s

catastrophic care coverage will meet J.T.’s lifetime of care expenses.

Another consideration for schools and parents is the presence of emergency

medical services (i.e., an ambulance staffed with well-trained EMTs) at any

significant athletic event. Too often, this necessity is overlooked or dismissed as

unnecessary. Yet studies repeatedly show that getting excellent trauma care within

the “golden hour” following a catastrophic injury is one of the most important factors

in improving outcomes for patients.

Meanwhile, we are encouraged by signs that several states, including Georgia,

are recognizing the injury risks involved in organized sports. This past spring,

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation known as The Return-to-Play Act of

2013. The law, which takes effect next January, will require schools and organized

athletic leagues to educate parents on the risks of concussions and develop policies

for young athletes who show signs of a concussion. Specifically, the law says

athletes must be removed from play if they show signs of a concussion and that a

healthcare provider must clear the athlete before they can return to play.

Beyond sports, Shepherd Center’s injury prevention efforts, which are an integral

part of our mission, are focusing on distracted driving (see teen driving story on

page 14) and diving because so many young people also face risks from these

activities, as well. Please don’t dive and don’t text while driving.

In summary, we urge you to prevent injuries whenever possible, prepare for injury

with adequate insurance coverage, persevere through recovery from injuries that do

occur and then return to a prosperous and healthy life.

Warm regards,

James H. Shepherd, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

Spinal Column ®

A LETTER FROM JAMES SHEPHERD

PHOTO BY KELLY JORDAN


Summer 2013 • Shepherd Center

CONTENTS

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DEPARTMENTS

SHORT

TAKES

MEDICAL STAFF PROFILE

Allan Peljovich, M.D., M.P.H.

RESEARCH

New Therapy for Secondary

Progressive MS

PATIENT PROFILE

Kevin Hillery

ALUMNI

PROFILES

FOUNDATION

FEATURES

HONORARIUMS

AND MEMORIALS

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FEATURES

TRANSITION SUPPORT

Shepherd Center assists patients

and families after discharge.

FIT FOR LIFE

Patients learn fitness and nutrition

strategies for lifelong wellness.

CATASTROPHIC CARE FOR

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES

Experts urge parents to

determine insurance coverage

for catastrophic injuries.

TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL

Prepare teen drivers well to

prevent tragic consequences.

RETURN TO WORK

Cindy Jones works hard to

make a quick return to work

following rehabilitation.

BY THE NUMBERS

Statistics show positive outcomes

for patients with paraplegia.

See ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

for exclusive online content.

Shepherd Center research helps

define the role of exercise for people

with SCI and MS.

Experts provide tips to prevent

sports injuries.

Gifts of Generosity

If you would like to make a gift to support the work you have read

about, please contact Scott H. Sikes at the Shepherd Center

Foundation at 404-350-7305 or visit shepherd.org.

Patient and his parents find their

way from Tasmania to Shepherd

Center for brain injury treatment.

Profiles of People with Paraplegia:

• Ashley Reeves

• John Payne

• Gary Linfoot


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takes

Shepherd Center Launches Comprehensive

Educational Site

This summer, Shepherd Center

launched a comprehensive

educational website for patients,

caregivers and professionals,

www.MyShepherdConnection.org.

This replaced Shepherd Center’s

online education portal,

www.MyVitalConnections.org.

The newly designed site

features a user-friendly experience

for seamless navigation. The

site includes sections on spinal

cord injury, brain injury/stroke

and multiple sclerosis from both

nursing and therapy perspectives.

“Shepherd Center is a trusted

source of neurological information for

many healthcare consumers,” says Larry

Bowie, director of marketing and public

relations for the hospital. “We’re pleased

to compile and streamline the information

collected at Shepherd Center into one

easy-to-access online location.”

The site also offers sections on

nutrition, respiratory health, home

modifications, general community

access and tips for healthy living with

new, “how-to” videos and graphics.

Also available are Shepherd Center’s

caregiver guides and personal care

Congratulations to the Shepherd Smash quad rugby team for winning the Division II

National Championship over the University of Arizona 55-42 this past spring. The

championship was made possible in part by the involvement of Shepherd Center

volunteers and assistant coach Tom Horan and support staff member Lisa Ruger.

manual in eBook format for an enhanced

reading experience. This educational

website is an integral part of Shepherd

Center’s goal to promote healthy

living post-hospitalization and optimize

patient outcomes.

“Shepherd Center focuses on the

well-being of its patients, even after

they have discharged from the facility,”

Bowie adds. “Our aim is that this online

resource will help prevent complications

and help our patients avoid returning

to their acute care hospital due to

secondary complications.”

Shepherd Center

Ranks Among Top 10

in U.S. News & World

Report’s Best Hospitals

Shepherd Center

was again named

one of the top

10 rehabilitation

hospitals in the

nation in a U.S.

News & World

Report survey.

& WORLD REPORT

U.S.News

NATIONAL

REHABILITATION

2013–2014

The rankings are published online at

health.usnews.com/best-hospitals

and will be published in U.S. News’s

annual guidebook, Best Hospitals 2014,

which will be available on Aug. 27.

Shepherd ranked No. 10 among

dozens of hospitals that earned a

spot in the magazine’s survey of

rehabilitation hospitals. Shepherd

Center first appeared on the list in 2000.

Also, U.S. News & World Report

announced that Shepherd Center

ranked No. 2 in the Atlanta metro area

in the magazine’s “Best Hospitals”

metro area rankings for 2013-2014

and No. 3 in Georgia. These rankings

were released simultaneously with the

national rankings.

Rankings for rehabilitation hospitals

are based on nominations among

physicians. Physicians are asked to

name hospitals they consider the best

in their specialty, regardless of location

or expense.

America’s Best Hospitals guide

includes rankings of medical centers

nationwide in 16 specialties. The

ranked specialties are cancer, diabetes

and endocrinology, ear, nose and

throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics,

gynecology, heart and heart surgery,

kidney disorders, neurology and

neurosurgery, ophthalmology,

orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology,

rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of

medical centers that should be on your

list when you need the best care,” says

Avery Comarow, health rankings editor.

“They are where other hospitals send the

toughest cases.”

PHOTO BY MEG PORTER

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PHOTO BY JIM FITTS

Shepherd Center Shares New Personal Care

Manual and Caregiver Guides as Free eBooks

on iTunes

Four comprehensive guides covering

personal care issues and caregiver

basics for people with spinal cord

injury, stroke and brain injury, as well

as their loved ones, are now available

free of charge on iTunes (search:

Shepherd Center).

Shepherd Center created these

guides, which are required reading

for patients and their family members

and loved ones in the hospital’s Spinal

Cord Injury and Brain Injury programs.

The “Personal Care Manual” for

people with spinal cord injury (SCI)

is considered essential for family

members and caregivers to review

before discharge. The 181-page

manual contains a detailed overview

of SCI with topics including how to

manage your bowel

and bladder program,

skin care, respiratory

system and medications.

Subjects such as

emotional adjustment,

alcohol and drug issues,

assistive technology and

other special concerns

are also covered.

“Brain Injury: A Guide

for Caregivers” and “Spinal

Cord Injury: A Guide for

Caregivers” are of interest

to people with a loved one

or friend who has just

experienced a traumatic

brain or spinal cord injury. They include

tips and advice for the first few weeks

following the injury, as well as a

practical overview of the injury, a

glossary of new terms you may hear

and a list of resources that are

available to assist you.

The fourth eBook is called “Living

with Stroke” and provides strategies

for managing day-to-day activities

following a stroke.

The newly released eBooks

give healthcare consumers

unprecedented access to Shepherd

Center’s educational materials free

of charge.View in iBooks or go to

iTunes and search “Shepherd Center.”

Katie Malone

SHEPHERD CENTER WINS HEALTHCARE ADVERTISING AWARDS

Shepherd Center’s Marketing and Public Relations Department, along with

Atlanta-based creative agency Frederick Swanston, was recently recognized

by the 30th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards for excellence in several

healthcare communications projects.

Shepherd’s motivational posters won a Silver Award while a postcard and

video for the tradeshow exhibit titled “Innovation Cannot Be Paralyzed” each

won Merit Awards.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards program, sponsored by Healthcare

Marketing Report, is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare

advertising awards competition. Participant entries are reviewed based on

creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design

and overall impact.

MS Institute

Undergoes Expansion

The Infusion Center at Shepherd

Center’s Andrew C. Carlos Multiple

Sclerosis Institute recently became

a little roomier, thanks to an overall

expansion of the Institute.

Some patients who have multiple

sclerosis (MS) must receive their

medication through infusion — that is,

intravenously through an IV or port.

Until this past spring, Shepherd Center

had only six chairs available at a time

for patients who needed an infusion,

which can take from 30 minutes to

several hours. Now, two rooms hold 16

chairs, allowing more patients to receive

medication at one time. Each chair is in

a space that has its own television and

curtain for privacy. The infusion rooms

also have wireless Internet service so

patients can use their laptop computers

or mobile devices.

In addition to a new infusion room,

the expansion of the MS Institute has

added four additional treatment rooms,

as well as new reception and checkout

areas. Growth in the number of patients

receiving treatment at the Institute

prompted the expansion. Now, more

than 2,000 individual patients are seen

each year in the clinic.

“We were starting to feel a little

confined,” says Emily Cade, M.S., CCM,

CRC, CLCP, program manager of the

Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute. “This will

make things easier on both the patients

and staff. It will give the patients more

convenience with scheduling, allow us

more flexibility and provide our patients

with a more comfortable environment.

We are excited about the expansion, and

the opportunity for continued growth it

affords.” Sara Baxter

Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the

expansion of the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at

Shepherd Center are, left to right, Marci Bozeman,

John Carlos, Elaine Carlos, Angel of the Year Eula

Carlos, Helen A. Carlos and Kate Barnes.

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INTERESTING FACTS

ALLAN PELJOVICH, M.D., M.P.H.,

Orthopedic Surgeon, Shepherd Center

ALLAN PELJOVICH, M.D., M.P.H.,

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON,

SHEPHERD CENTER

INTERVIEWED BY PHILLIP JORDAN

trouble with. As surgeons, it’s not our job

to see a patient and immediately begin

to figure out what surgery to do. That’s a

lesson I’ve never forgotten.

EXPERIENCE

Consulting Surgeon, Shepherd Center;

Orthopedic Surgeon, The Hand &

Upper Extremity Center of Georgia;

Medical Director, Hand and Upper

Extremity Program at Children’s

Healthcare of Atlanta

FELLOWSHIP

Harvard Medical School;

Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center

RESIDENCY

Case Western Reserve University

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Pennsylvania

School of Medicine

OTHER DEGREES

University of Pennsylvania

(undergraduate);

Emory University

(master’s in public health)

FUN FACTS

Dr. Peljovich also answers to

Coach P. He’s coached youth

baseball for 10 years.

A father of three, he’s been

married to Lori for 20 years.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT OF CHOICE

Bass guitar: “I grew up in the

‘70s and ‘80s, so punk rock is my

favorite. But I’ll play anything!”

More online at

ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

Allan Peljovich, M.D., M.P.H., of the Hand

& Upper Extremity Center of Georgia, is

a consulting orthopedist at Shepherd

Center, where he specializes in hand and

upper-extremity surgery.

Q: You perform tendon transfer

surgeries, which have the potential

to restore hand and arm function to

people with tetraplegia. Do those

surgeries still amaze you after doing

them for so long?

A: Oh yes, absolutely. I love doing them,

thinking about them. I love the positive

effect those surgeries can have for

people. It’s one thing I can do that truly

can change someone’s life.

What Shepherd Center does is amazing.

People go into Shepherd Center with

catastrophic injuries, and Shepherd’s

doctors and staff teach them that

life goes on. What they do is huge.

The little part we do at my clinic can

help some of those patients become

a little more independent, gain a little

more confidence.

Q: What’s the most important thing

you learned in medical school?

A: To always make sure I pay attention

to what patients are actually coming in

for, and to listen to what they’re having

Q: You have an extra “Lab” assistant

when you visit your Shepherd Center

patients. What does he do?

A: Well, my daughter fell in love with

this Labradoodle that was trained as a

therapy/service dog. I knew then that

Murphy was going to join our family.

My one condition was that we put him

to work.

So my wife, Lori, now brings him to

Shepherd Center when I visit my patients

here. Murphy’s pretty funny when he

visits the hospital. He’s confident. He

acts like he lives at Shepherd Center.

And it obviously is a fun visit for my

patients. He is definitely loved when

he’s there.

Q: From your perspective, what

makes Shepherd Center unique?

A: It’s just an incredible mission — to

take in people who have been thrown

these terrible curveballs by life,

people who had their lives change

so dramatically, who are at a point that

the average person can’t fathom.

And Shepherd Center takes these

people who are broken physically — and

often mentally — and brings them back

to life. And not just to a life, but a real

quality of life. The hospital helps them

get involved in their communities again,

helps them find a purpose.

(Top left) Allen Peljovich, M.D., a consulting

orthopedic surgeon at Shepherd Center, sees

patient Jessie Smith of Pinehurst, Ga., in the

hospital’s outpatient clinic.

PHOTOS BY LOUIE FAVORITE

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TRANSITION

SUPPORT

PHOTO BY JANE M. SANDERS

Shepherd Center

launches new program

to assist patients

and families

following discharge.

BY JANE M. SANDERS

Shepherd Center’s new Transition

Support Program is leading the

hospital’s mission to improve education,

guidance and support to patients and

their families upon discharge with the

goal of improving health outcomes and

increasing customer satisfaction.

Leading the new program is Ginger

Martin, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, CCM, a longtime

member of Shepherd Center’s

former Marcus Community Bridge

Program, which ended last year. The

Transition Support Program emphasizes

patients’ medical, health and safety

issues following discharge.

“A major objective of the program

is to prevent rehospitalization,

which is emphasized in the federal

Affordable Care Act, and to keep our

patients healthy and safe at home,”

Martin says. The new program is being

funded through Shepherd Center

operational dollars.

Martin and her staff will seek grants

to expand program services in the future.

Also, the program will benefit from recent

funding Shepherd Center received

from the Patient-Centered Outcomes

Research Institute (PCORI) for the

project “A Patient-Centered Approach

to Successful Community Transition

After Catastrophic Injury.” This project is

evaluating the impact of several systems

changes aimed at minimizing hospital

readmissions and focuses on revising

Shepherd Center’s discharge planning

and post-discharge supports for patients

and families.

Giving it an edge already, the

Transition Support Program is staffed

with employees experienced in meeting

the needs of Shepherd’s patients as they

return to their homes and communities,

Martin notes.

Transition support coordinators

accomplish the program’s mission

through a combination of phone calls,

tele-health sessions and home visits

with patients. They work with patients

and their families to develop personcentered

plans to manage disability and

medical issues. Topics they address

include medication management,

safety and fall prevention, physician

follow-up appointments, health record

management, and schedule and routine

management.

This part of the program serves

people referred by their Shepherd Center

treatment team and deemed at high risk

for rehospitalization and/or those who

face socioeconomic challenges and/or

limited family support.

Meanwhile, the Transition Support

Program’s peer support staff members

are reaching out to all Shepherd Center

inpatients. They are increasing peer

mentoring and education for inpatients

on both a one-on-one and classroom

basis. Classes focus on topics

including self-advocacy and disability

management. As funds become

available, peer supporters will develop

an online discussion forum where former

patients can offer insight to one another.

Also, the program’s vocational

services staff is helping patients who

are referred by their treatment team

because of their plans to return to

work or post-secondary education.

The Transition Support

Program, which is overseen by

Sarah Morrison, vice president of

clinical services, is working with

departments throughout the hospital

to accomplish its mission. For example,

staff members are collaborating with

spinal cord and brain injury educators

to develop training and educational

videos for use with inpatients, as well

as patients who have discharged

from the hospital. This information

will be housed on a new website at

www.MyShepherdConnection.org,

which launched this summer.

Ginger Martin, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, CCM, is manager of

Shepherd Center’s new Transition Support Program.

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Mike Moberg of Nashville, Tenn., works out

frequently. Mike followed an intense fitness

routine and healthy diet to lose half his body

weight following his rehabilitation for a spinal

cord injury.

PHOTO BY DONN JONES

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FIT

for

LIFE

MIKE

Shepherd Center patients learn fitness and nutrition

strategies to improve their lifelong wellness.

BY DAVID SIMPSON

AUSTIN

PHOTOS BY DONN JONES, KELLY JORDAN AND LOUIE FAVORITE

Mike Moberg wanted to lose weight to

make it easier to get in and out of his

wheelchair. Austin Vestal needed to

gain 50 pounds as he pursued a return

to distance running. And Treva Turner

turned to customized exercise to improve

her strength so she could continue

to work.

Exercise and diet figure prominently

into the treatment plans for every

Shepherd Center patient like Mike, who

sustained a spinal cord injury, Austin, a

brain injury, and Treva, who has MS.

“Every inpatient is assigned an

interdisciplinary team to tackle health

and wellness issues,” says physical

therapist Sarah Morrison, vice president

of clinical services. “We like to start

as soon as possible, and it is not

uncommon for our inpatients to attend

classes on nutrition and fitness so they

have a wellness regimen to follow when

they return home.”

Shepherd Center patients’ goals

can vary significantly, says clinical

nutritionist Kristy Prox. “Patients who

have paraplegia or tetraplegia are going

to lose a lot of muscle strength and

have decreased energy needs, whereas

some of our patients with a brain injury

are trying to heal their bodies so their

energy needs may be twice as much as

a person without an injury. Patients with

multiple sclerosis often struggle with

fatigue, so we work with them on trying

to have smaller meals or snacks more

often through the day and convenient

healthy foods like pre-cut vegetables.”

The stories of three patients with

very different needs show what proper

exercise and nutrition can mean for an

active lifestyle.

TREVA

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Austin Vestal of Jacksonville,

Fla., proudly displays his Gate

River Run 2013 “Finisher”

badge. Austin sustained a

severe brain injury in summer

2012 and worked hard in

therapy to return to running.

Dramatic Weight Loss

MIKE MOBERG, 31, of Nashville, Tenn., figures he was

at his highest weight ever when he sustained a

T-10 to -11 spinal cord injury in an auto accident in

January 2009. He carried about 310 pounds on his

6-foot, 1-inch frame.

The ordeal of the injury and surgery at

Vanderbilt University Medical Center took off

about 10 pounds, but he knew early in his threemonth

stay at Shepherd Center that he would

need to do more.

“As soon as I went from a power wheelchair

to a manual chair, I really realized that the less I

weigh, the easier it is for me to transfer in and out,”

Mike says.

His therapists had him push the chair through

the Shepherd parking garage. Back home in

Nashville, he found another garage to repeat

the training.

“I kept a log on my phone, how many times

I went around,” he says. “The pounds started to

come off. I also improved my diet.”

He stepped up his efforts dramatically in

summer 2012 when Shepherd awarded him a

scholarship for an intensive 12-week program in

Beyond Therapy ® .

“It was really like a boot camp — a mixture of

exercise and therapy and using all the equipment,

three hours a day and three times a week,” Mike

explains. “It made a huge difference.”

“Huge” is not an understatement. Mike reduced

from 310 pounds to a range of 155 to 160.

“To lose half your body weight is a big change,”

he says. “Being in the chair is definitely a motivator.

Every time I do a transfer that I feel like is a little too

hard, that’s motivation.”

He continues to work out regularly, trying

to fit in three sessions each week around his

college classes.

Mike also has jumped into adaptive sports,

joining an Achilles International chapter in

Nashville. The runners’ group sponsors weekly

training sessions open to people of all abilities

and even provided a handcycle for Mike.

“I tend to enjoy that more than the gym

because I can be outside,” he says. Meanwhile,

he has set his sights on wheelchair racing. After

participating in 5K races in his “everyday chair,” he

received a grant this past spring from a California

foundation to get a racing wheelchair. Mike then

set his sights on participating in the Wheelchair

Division of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

Later goals include downhill skiing on a chair fitted

onto a single ski.

“They told me early on at Shepherd to get

involved in a sport, but the first couple of years,

I wasn’t really open to it. Now, I’m really happy,”

Mike says.

Return to Running

Austin Vestal, 25, of Jacksonville, Fla., was in a

coma for 15 days after he sustained injuries to

his brain and leg in a car crash on June 2, 2012.

His mother, Sandy Vestal, says nurses at Shands

Jacksonville Medical Center noticed Austin’s left

leg and right arm — the only limbs with mobility —

thrashing every day around 5:30 p.m.

“The nurses asked, ‘What does he do at this

time of day?’” Sandy recalls. She knew the answer.

Austin’s mind was taking his daily three-mile run.

Austin started running when he was about 19.

From the time he regained consciousness after his

injury, Austin was determined to run again.

But first he had to regain the weight and

strength he lost during his coma. When he arrived

at Shepherd Center in early August 2012, “They

told me I had to gain 50 pounds,” Austin recalls.

“I was skin and bones. I’m about 205 pounds,

6-foot-2 and I had dropped to 155.”

In addition to getting lots of protein, Austin

worked with Shepherd therapists on exercise,

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EXERCISE FOR LIFE

Austin Vestal of Jacksonville, Fla., proudly wears a T-shirt signed

with words of encouragement from family and friends. He wore it

as he participated in the Gate River Run 2013.

Shepherd’s Fitness Center Teaches and

Encourages Exercise for Lifelong Wellness

PHOTOS BY KELLY JORDAN AND GARY MEEK

which is challenging for a brain that has “forgotten”

how to move some muscles.

“It was pretty bad,” Austin says. “My left arm

was so immobile. It just didn’t want to move.”

Austin worked with occupational, physical

and speech therapists. About two weeks into his

Shepherd stay, he took his first steps, wearing a

T-shirt from the Gate River Run, a 15K race he ran

in Jacksonville in March 2012.

“I told the therapist, ‘I’m running the River Run

next year,’” Austin recalls.

By the time he and his mother moved into

a Shepherd Center apartment during Austin’s

participation in the Shepherd Pathways day

program, Austin was insisting on short runs on

the lawn.

When he returned to Jacksonville, he heeded

the advice to try adaptive sports. He joined a

rowing team, and his family took him on bowling

and pool outings on Friday nights.

By December 2012, he was running. His

mother accompanied him at first. “We would go

maybe a block, then another block,” she recalls.

“Then he got better, and I had to ride my bicycle.

Then he got better, and I had to get my car.”

In March 2013, as promised, Austin ran the

Gate River Run — accompanied by his mother and

sister, their boyfriends and two step-siblings.

After the family moves south to Boca Raton,

Fla., this summer, Austin plans to return to work

as a sales account manager, easing in part-time

at first to build a daily routine.

Running helps him focus on living well.

“When you finish, you’re like, ‘I got it!’ It’s a big

confidence booster.”

Shepherd Center’s ProMotion Fitness Center has a weight room,

indoor track, full-court gymnasium and swimming pool. It is the

people — clients and staff — who set it apart from the typical gym.

“Our center is open to the community, so we have a wide variety of

people with and without disabilities,” says Becky Washburn, Shepherd’s

manager for ProMotion and Beyond Therapy ® . “It’s a very welcoming

environment. A lot of cross-awareness and integration to the community

happens in our gym.”

Each client begins with a one-on-one session with a ProMotion staff

member to discuss the client’s goals. The staff then tailors a wellness

program to meet the specific needs and goals of the member.

“We make sure the client knows exactly how to perform the exercise

program, including equipment setup, basic exercise prescription and

appropriate progression,” Washburn says.

Many clients will continue exercising at more traditional gyms closer to

their homes, so they get tips on making that transition.

“Some of the pieces in our gym are adaptable, but we have traditional

equipment, too,” Washburn says. “We do a lot of education to teach our

patients what they can do in a traditional gym and how to advocate for

themselves.”

Beyond Therapy ® clients also are encouraged to get into adaptive sports,

like handcycling, which can become fun family activities.

“Maintaining wellness and physical fitness is important for all of us,

but for our patients, it is critical to being successful and strong in the

community,” Washburn says.

For more information on ProMotion, call 404-350-7789.

David Simpson

Shepherd Center’s ProMotion Fitness Center offers extensive work-out facilities for

people with and without disabilities.

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Treva Turner of Atlanta works out in Shepherd Center’s

ProMotion Gym to maintain a strong fitness level to

help manage her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

“Shepherd Center not only

treats my MS, but it also

has other resources like

the MS Wellness Center

for my body and mind.”

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PHOTO BY LOUIE FAVORITE

Steps to Wellness

Treva Turner, 43, of Atlanta was, at first, frightened

by her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2003,

but Ben Thrower, M.D., medical director of the

Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd Center,

immediately put her at ease, she says. And she

found she could continue to work full-time in sales

while managing her MS, including medication and

regular doctor visits.

“Then as my MS progressed over the years,

I noticed little things I wasn’t able to do as well

as I used to,” Treva says. “I was at the point

where I could only walk short distances before

I got really tired.”

She turned to exercise and was one of the first

patients to join Shepherd’s MS Wellness Center

when it opened in Summer 2012. The program

fills a need for patients who’ve completed medical

therapy up to their health insurance limits, says

Chris Manella, the center’s therapy manager.

“We wanted to have a way to continue wellness

with expert guidance for MS patients,” Manella

says. The solution was an enhanced membership

to Shepherd’s ProMotion wellness center. For $45

per month (the Georgia chapter of the National

MS Society offers some scholarships), patients get

access to the pool, ProMotion gym, six exercise

classes and two education classes per week.

The classes reflect the special needs of MS

patients with appropriate pacing and even cooling

vests to prevent overheating. Education topics

range from tips on staying mentally active to the

latest research on MS. The center tested a group

of patients when it opened. Rather than gradually

losing ground to MS, 90 percent of the patients

have shown actual improvement in metabolic rates

and strength, Manella says.

Treva started using the center to work on core

strength with Shepherd Center exercise specialist

Blake Burdett, who has helped her tremendously.

“He knows your limits,” Treva says. “But he doesn’t

allow you to use your MS as an excuse to not

exercise. It strengthened me in my endurance

and leg muscles, so now I am able to do more

for longer periods of time without having to rest,”

she says.

Treva started a new job as a program

coordinator at a local hospital recently. She

continues to use the wellness center as often

as possible.

“Shepherd Center not only treats my MS, but

it also has other resources like the MS Wellness

Center for my body and mind,” she says. “That

is amazing, and it makes for a quality of life that

I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

NOURISH FOR LIFE

Shepherd’s Clinical Nutritionist

Offers Simple Wellness Tips

Though Shepherd Center clinical

nutritionist Kristy Prox addresses

complicated dietary challenges for

patients, she says most people can

follow some simple, healthy nutrition

guidelines, such as filling half your

plate with fruits and vegetables.

Drink water. Drink five to eight glasses a

day. People often misinterpret thirst as hunger.

Eat breakfast. A high-fiber, high-protein

breakfast is a great way to jumpstart your day.

But lighten up that coffee drink with fat-free milk

and sugar-free syrup.

Eat at home — with your family.

Cooking at home allows more control over

the amounts of fat and sodium in a dish.

Studies show eating together as a family

promotes healthier eating.

Be smart when eating out.

Order meals baked, broiled or steamed rather than fried or cooked in

heavy sauces. And don’t “upsize” your meals at fast-food restaurants.

Here are a few more recommendations from Prox:

• Eat three to six servings a day of whole-grain,

high-fiber breads and cereals.

• Eat five to nine servings a day of fruits and

vegetables. Choose a wide variety of colors

(green, white, red, yellow, orange and purple).

• If you eat meat, eat white meat at least four times

more often than red meat.

• Choose a diet low in saturated fat and moderate in total fat.

Eat less animal fat.

x8

• Avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates.

Drink fewer high-sugar sodas. Eat less white

bread, junk food and candy. David Simpson

For more articles and videos, visit

ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

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BY MATT WINKELJOHN

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PHOTOS BY GARY MEEK

After making the catch, Arquevious

Crane began “fighting” for yards in a high

school JV football game near Atlanta in 2007.

Then, his life changed.

“It was a normal hit, front and back, just a

freakish accident,” says the young man who

goes by “Q.” “I was face down and about to

start panicking about not being able to breathe.

I wanted to turn over because I was eating a lot

of dirt.” Q couldn’t move. He had sustained a

C-5 to -6 spinal cord injury and was paralyzed

from the chest down.

As he began rehabilitation at Shepherd Center,

Barbara Crane, the grandmother who years earlier

adopted Q and his four younger siblings, was in a

daze. She didn’t know who would pay the medical

bills that could total millions of dollars.

Many medical insurance plans have a $25,000

limit, and much like homeowners are rarely insured

against flood damage to homes unless they have

flood insurance, those medical plans often don’t

provide adequate coverage for catastrophic

injuries like Q’s.

Barbara’s answer? In Georgia, high school

student-athletes are covered for life-altering injuries

sustained in sports by a $5 million catastrophic

insurance policy. The state’s governing bodies for

athletics — the Georgia High School Association

(GHSA) and Georgia Independent School

Association (GISA) — purchase the policy from

Mutual of Omaha.

The GHSA policy helps Q, now 21, with

disability benefits, college tuition, an assistant

who accompanies him to class, a power

wheelchair, an adapted van and more equipment

plus custodial home care.

Every high school student-athlete in Georgia

must have medical insurance to play, but few,

if any, medical or supplemental plans cover

expenses like Q’s. And some states do not require

schools to purchase catastrophic coverage.

In Illinois, estimates suggest that 5 percent

of the state’s student-athletes have catastrophic

insurance through their schools. Individual

catastrophic policies for young people are rare in

the United States.

A bill before the Illinois House of Representatives

that would have mandated catastrophic coverage

of $7.5 million or 15 years for athletes at every high

school failed to pass in fall 2012. A similar bill is

before the Illinois Senate this year.

Utah officials may begin charging $3 per

student-athlete to defray a rise in catastrophic

coverage premiums prompted by recent claims.

Meanwhile in Georgia, the GHSA’s policy is

funded by a portion of annual dues paid by each

of more than 500 member schools. High schools

seek to verify that student-athletes have medical

insurance through parents or guardians, or that

they buy a supplemental plan, before they can

participate in sports at school.

Yet few parents seek to understand their

insurance coverage limits, nor do they realize these

plans may be helpful for a broken ankle or a knee

injury, but are not likely to cover a catastrophic

spinal cord or brain injury.

Many parents have no idea if there is a

statewide, school system-wide or even a schoolspecific

catastrophic insurance plan in place to

do that.

Why? They don’t ask. Who thinks a

catastrophic injury will ever happen to them?

Here are some experts’ suggestions for

parents of aspiring school athletes:

Determine the breadth and depth of

your primary insurance coverage and/or

supplemental policy.

“Health insurance coverage varies dramatically

from family to family,” says Scott Boatright, vice

president of BB&T Insurance Services, which

has handled the GHSA catastrophic policy for 20

years. “It is important to be aware of the benefits,

exclusions and limits within your policy.”

Marilyn Taylor, a Shepherd Center post-acute

case manager for spinal cord injury, says: “I spend

a lot of time explaining to clients, ‘Yes, you have

Blue Cross, but that does not mean you bought the

whole pie.’ They only have a piece. A lot of people

don’t realize they can call customer service and

discuss their benefits.”

Talk to a school official about insurance

coverage available through the school.

Find out if they cover ambulance service,

emergency room care, outpatient care and,

most importantly, whether the school provides

catastrophic coverage.

“Ask the school exactly what the policy

covers,” says Heddi Silon, director of workers

compensation at Shepherd Center. “How much

rehabilitation is included? What about durable

medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, etc.)?

What are the limits? Parents need to know whether

there is a policy that covers catastrophic injury.”

Taylor adds: “There are not a lot of (personal)

policies that provide catastrophic coverage.

Rehabilitation is usually expected to be short

term for injuries such as a broken limb or joint

replacement, but not injuries that require a

$30,000 wheelchair.

Realize that football is not the only sport

in which serious injuries occur. Brain and

spinal cord injuries can result from many

types of sports.

Mutual of Omaha vice president of special risk

Scott Hanson says the company has seen claims

for every sport.

Former Shepherd Center

patient Arquevious “Q” Crane

and his grandmother, Barbara

Crane, of metro Atlanta, are

thankful that Q’s high school

carried catastrophic injury

insurance, which has covered

many of the medical expenses

Q has had since he sustained

a spinal cord injury in a

school football game in 2007.

More online at

ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

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TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL

Shepherd Center patient Zach

Lindsey of Macon, Ga., participates

in driver rehabilitation training with

instructor Jim Kennedy.

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BY SARA BAXTER

PHOTO BY LOUIE FAVORITE

Parents worry about their teenagers driving — and with good reason. Automobile

accidents injure 250,000 teens a year and are the number one cause of death

among teenagers. At Shepherd Center, about a third of all car-crash patients are

between the ages of 14 and 19.

Alan Brown knows this fear all too well. On a rainy day in July 2003 in Cartersville,

Ga., his 17-year-old son Joshua drove his truck through standing water. The vehicle

hydroplaned and crashed into a tree. Joshua died nine days later.

Looking back, Brown expresses remorse about his son’s inexperience as a

driver. “Joshua didn’t take driver’s education,” he says. “We didn’t have access to

it, so all he got was what I taught him.”

Experience is the primary factor in producing good teen drivers, says Rob Foss,

Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Good drivers have a deeply ingrained understanding of

what driving is all about. They know what they need to be doing, and that knowledge

can only come from experience.”

In helping their teenagers gain that experience, parents can look to state drivers

licensing for the minimum requirements. But experts encourage parents to go much

further to help their teens get the experience they need to drive safely.

Most states require supervised driving for at least six months. Many also

mandate 50 documented hours of supervised experience and every state grants

driving privileges on a “graduated” basis, typically up to age 18. New drivers in

Georgia, for example, are prohibited from driving between midnight and 6 a.m.,

and in the first six months after a driver obtains a license, only immediate family

members may ride as passengers.

But Dr. Foss notes that studies show teens need a minimum of 120 hours of

driving experience before being licensed to drive independently and safely. Also, he

says new drivers should be prohibited from driving after 9 p.m. instead of midnight

during the graduated licensing period. That’s because 70 to 80 percent of nighttime

crashes among high school-aged drivers occur between 9 p.m. and midnight, and

about 85 percent of their nighttime trips occur during that window.

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1.–3. Teen-aged drivers receive defensive driving

instruction at an Accident Avoidance Workshop

in metro Atlanta. 4. Shepherd Center patient

Zach Lindsey of Macon, Ga., participates in driver

rehabilitation training with instructor Jim Kennedy.

1

2

3

4

THE PARENT AS COACH

“Graduated licenses help teenagers

build up their skills so they master them,”

Dr. Foss says. “This gradual experience

has helped prevent crashes.” To guide

their teenagers through the learning

process, he advises parents not try to

act as a driver’s education teacher but

as a coach during supervised driving.

“Don’t tell them what to do,” Rob

cautions. “If you tell them 20 things,

you’re wasting your breath on 19 of

them. Let them make a mistake if it’s

not dangerous. Speak calmly in a mild

tone and give helpful advice. Research

shows this is more effective.”

Jim Kennedy, a driver rehabilitation

specialist at Shepherd Center, suggests

that parents emphasize the following

process as they supervise their teen’s

driving — meanwhile realizing that these

actions become intuitive as drivers gain

more experience in various conditions:

1. Search the environment,

including a check of mirrors.

2. Identify hazards, conditions

and situations.

3. Predict what others will do.

4. Decide what to do.

5. Execute that decision.

“The reaction time for teens is quick,”

Kennedy says, “but their knowledge

base is limited, so they may not react

the right way.” Take the case of a car

veering off the road. “The instinct is to

yank the steering wheel the other way

and probably go too far in the other

direction,” he says, “but, of course, that

can have consequences.”

GOING THE EXTRA MILE 2.

After the death of his son, Alan Brown

embarked on a mission to ensure that

Georgia teenagers gain experience

behind the wheel before receiving a

driver’s license.

In 2005, he was instrumental in

getting the Georgia General Assembly

to pass Joshua’s Law, which requires

every 16-year-old in the state to take

driver’s education and participate in 40

hours of supervised driving to qualify for

a license.

Even still, many experts — and

Brown, as well — recommend that

teenagers log more than the required

number of supervised hours behind

the wheel and that they go beyond

driver’s education classes to get more

hands-on experience.

“If you have completed the minimum

requirements in driver training, you are

a minimally trained driver,” says Homer

Stillwell, founder of Accident Avoidance

Workshops, a defensive driving program.

“At best, you have been trained in

‘normal’ driving conditions, which means

you know how to operate the vehicle

and what the lines and signs mean.

But there’s more to driving than that.”

The experts agree that the key

factor is supervising teen drivers in

the many varied conditions they will

experience as independent drivers. One

tool to help parents with this task is a

smartphone app called Time to Drive

(timetodriveapp.com). It records the total

amount of driving and driving in a variety

of conditions, keeps track of hard stops,

provides tips for parents, encourages

the parent-teen team to meet driving

goals and shows a map of past trips.

(See the apps sidebar for more ideas.)

And parents can lead by example.

“Kids start learning to drive the minute

you put them in a car,” Brown says. “If

you speed or text, they will think it’s OK.”

In preventing more teen driving

crashes, Shepherd Center is making

its own contribution. As part of its injury

prevention efforts, the hospital has

a launched a safe driving campaign

themed “Reasons — Big and Small.” It

presents a series of answers to a simple

question that matters to every driver:

“What’s your reason for wanting to arrive

at your destination safely?”

As part of the campaign, which

kicked off in April, Bridget Metzger,

Shepherd’s director of injury prevention

and education, is visiting high schools

and making community presentations.

“The number one thing kids should

know is that they are driving a potentially

lethal weapon and should pay attention,”

Metzger says. “I’ve worked with a lot

of injured teenagers here at Shepherd

Center. Their only wish is that they could

go back and turn it around. Most car

crashes are preventable.”

PHOTOS BY MEG PORTER AND LOUIE FAVORITE

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While you do not want the cell phone anywhere near your child as he or she drives, several

mobile applications and devices are available that actually help teens with the driving process,

whether it’s blocking cell phone use, acting as a coach, promoting safe driving or tracking

accidents. Here’s a list of applications that might help your teenager be a safer driver:

TIME TO DRIVE (www.timetodriveapp.com),

developed by the University of North Carolina

Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) and the

Center for the Study of Young Drivers, this app

helps parents supervise their teen drivers during

the practice period. Time to Drive will record the

total time of driving and driving in a variety of

conditions, keep track of hard stops, provide tips

for parents, encourage the parent-teen team to

meet driving goals and show a map of past trips.

It also generates a log of trips you can provide to

the department of motor vehicles. It is available in

the iTunes store for $3.99.

DRIVE SCRIBE® (www.drivescribe.com) is a

free smart-phone application aimed at preventing

distracted driving. It leverages the phone’s GPS

system, mapping data and accelerometer to

monitor speed, traffic regulation compliance

and sudden movements, such as slamming on

the brakes or swerving. Drivers place the smart

phone in the car and listen to audio notifications

of upcoming stop signs and speed-limit excesses.

Aimed at teen drivers, DriveScribe also blocks

texts, emails and incoming phone calls. Parents

can even elect to receive texts and emails

generated from the application to let them know

of their teen’s progress.

WISEDRIVE (downloadable for $.99)

automatically detects drivers moving at high

speeds, disables audio text messaging

notifications and sends out an automated reply.

MY MAX SPEED uses the internal GPS to

log speed and location every five seconds and

downloads all data into a spreadsheet. The app

is available for Android smartphones for $4.99

on the Android Marketplace.

SAFE DRIVER monitors the location and driving

practices — such as a car’s top speed, excessive

acceleration, braking and turning — of drivers and

alerts others via email or text whenever the driver

exceeds a specific speed. (It even shows where

the infractions occurred.) The basic app is free,

and an upgraded version costs $4.99.

DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

is a free app that discusses the consequences

of distracted driving, introduces the concepts

of feet-per-second and following too closely,

and provides visual scenarios to illustrate the

concepts discussed.

STEER CLEAR MOBILE®, a free app from

State Farm Insurance, consists of five modules:

self-assessment, driving logs, safe driving pledge,

video testimonials in which teens describe

accidents they were in and the mistakes that

caused them, and then a final self-assessment.

When completed, drivers are eligible for a State

Farm safe driving discount.

NEWLYLICENSED.COM sells car magnets

that identify new drivers in hopes that other drivers

will use caution, courtesy and patience on road

when they encounter young drivers. The hope is to

reduce teen accidents. Sara Baxter

More online at

ShepherdCenterMagazine.org

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1

RETURN

to

WORK

Cindy Jones loves her job and worked hard to

make a quick return to work following rehabilitation

at Shepherd Center.

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“WHAT HAPPENED TO HER

CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.

SHE HAS A DISABILITY,

BUT SHE’S NOT DISABLED.”

2

BY JOHN CHRISTENSEN

PHOTOS BY LOUIE FAVORITE

Not long after Cindy Jones, 42, returned to her

job at Mohawk Industries in Dalton, Ga., this past

January, a colleague told her he has a picture

of her as the screensaver on his computer. It’s a

photograph taken in the gym at Shepherd Center.

Cindy is suspended in the harness of a Lokomat

while the robotic device exercises her legs.

“He told me any time he’s having a bad

day, he looks at that picture, and it inspires him,”

Cindy says.

Cindy sustained a T-11 spinal cord injury on

Memorial Day 2012 in a Jet Ski accident. She

arrived at Shepherd Center a few days later

convinced that she would heal quickly and soon

be walking again.

“At Shepherd, they were conservative and

said, ‘Let’s see what heals and what’s damaged,’”

Cindy says. “I was shocked that you can map the

human genome, but the nervous system is such

a mystery.”

Cindy is, by her own admission, a workaholic

and “not the most patient person on the planet,”

and her rehabilitation has been frustrating at times.

But she was encouraged when she saw

improvement in other Shepherd Center patients

and grateful to be treated “like a person, not like

a patient.”

“Shepherd Center is incredible,” Cindy says.

“It’s like Disneyland. No matter what your issue,

you feel normal. But when you leave, you’re not

going to be surrounded by people whose bodies

work like yours does.”

When she realized that insurance wouldn’t

cover therapy on a certain piece of therapeutic,

robotic equipment at Shepherd, Cindy resolved

to pay for it herself.

“I decided I would use my savings,” Cindy

says. “It’s that important to me.”

Minna Hong, SCI peer support coordinator

at Shepherd Center, says: “I love that Cindy’s

very focused on what she needs to do to have

a fully realized life. What happened to her can

happen to anybody. She has a disability, but

she’s not disabled.”

In fall 2012, Cindy called her boss, Steve

Powers, Mohawk’s senior vice president of research

and development and quality assurance. “It looks

like I’ll be coming back to work before my legs

come back to me,” she told him. “And he said, ‘Of

course. What do you need? When do you need it?’”

Steve says, “If any of our employees go

through something as tragic as this and muster

the courage to come back to work, we want to

make them feel like they’re back home and as

comfortable as possible.”

Mohawk installed power doors on the building

where Cindy works, renovated the restrooms,

and provided covered parking near an elevator

for Cindy and another employee with a disability.

Cindy bought a condo five minutes from her

office and started back with a 20-hour work week.

Now working a full week, she rises at 5 a.m. so

she can complete her morning routine and be at

work on time.

It was especially important to her that she be

able to do everything her job required without

assistance and without disrupting the office routine.

“But sometimes, my boss still fusses at me,” she

says. “He says, ‘It’s OK to get some help.’”

Steve explains: “We wanted her to take her

time and come back on her schedule. I tried to

encourage her not to push things, to make sure.

I think she was worried about failing, but there is

no fail in that lady.”

Cindy loves her job. “I’m like a kid in a candy

store at work,” she says. “I’m always trying to find

out what new thing I can create.”

But there are some things she can no longer

do when she’s running trials on materials. It

particularly bothers her that she can no longer

climb on the catwalk of a giant extruder to check

the settings.

“I’m a hands-on person,” she says. “I never sat

before, so I just have to figure out how to adjust. I

have people working for me, and I have to rely on

them. I can’t be quite as hands-on as before, but it

allows me to empower other people. I’m not good

at delegating, but this forces me to let them do

more and develop themselves.”

Steve says he, too, has a picture of Cindy on

his computer. “Cindy has a special place in my

heart and in our organization,” he says. “We wanted

to do everything we could to make it comfortable

for her.”

1. Cindy Jones, 42,

returned to her job as

senior director of fiber

and yarn research and

development at Mohawk

Industries in Dalton, Ga.,

in January 2013 following

rehabilitation at Shepherd

Center for a spinal cord

injury she sustained

in May 2012. 2. Cindy

returned to work with

support and encouragement

from her manager, Steve

Powers, Mohawk’s senior

vice president of research

and development and

quality assurance.

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Rresearch

Cell-Based Therapy for Secondary

Progressive Type of MS

Shepherd Center investigates new therapy that uses a person’s own

immune system to help fight MS from the inside out.

BY AMANDA CROWE, MA, MPH

Linda Agnello, 56, recalls the days when she was

able to go for long walks with her beloved husband,

Steve, and golden retriever, Calleigh, and freely

take on projects at the school where she teaches

music. Now, she must first calculate how much

energy and time each activity will require and if her

body will cooperate. She — like many other people

living with multiple sclerosis (MS) — has had to

adjust her life to her condition. She has also had to

cope with side effects from existing medications.

People with MS urgently need new treatments

to halt the condition, and hope is on the horizon.

Shepherd Center is one of 30 sites in the United

States and Canada participating in a clinical trial

to study whether an investigational therapy using

a patient’s own immune cells can help stabilize

or stop the progression of secondary progressive

multiple sclerosis (SPMS). People with SPMS

have moved beyond the initial period of relapsingremitting

MS, and their condition has begun to

worsen more steadily.

“This is a group of individuals with MS who

have not had many treatment options available, so

there is a lot of excitement about this study,” says

Carlyn Kappy, RD, LD, CCRP the study coordinator

at Shepherd.

Eligible study participants are being randomized

to receive either placebo or the investigational

T-cell immunotherapy called Tcelna, which is

manufactured by Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.

Encouraging results from earlier Tcelna trials in

MS patients, including some with SPMS, prompted

the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant it

fast-track designation for SPMS.

To develop the therapy, Opexa isolates the

“bad” T-cells (myelin reactive T-cells) from a

patient’s blood sample and expands them to

generate enough reactive T-cells to treat a patient

for one year (five doses). The myelin reactive

T-cells are thought to cause the inflammation

that is the hallmark sign of MS. During the final

dose preparation, the myelin reactive T-cells are

modified to make the cells unable to replicate. The

modified reactive T- cells are then reintroduced to

the patient via an injection, which should stimulate

the body’s immune system to reduce the number

reactive T-cells.

“We are essentially vaccinating them against

their own MS,” explains Ben Thrower, M.D.,

medical director of the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple

Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center. “The hope

is that the body will recognize these cells and

trigger an immune response.”

If this new therapy works, it would give patients

a customized therapy from the start.

“The immunology of MS is so different from

one person to the next, so it’s a little bit of trial and

error to find the right fit,” Dr. Thrower says.

Tcelna is also thought to have a lower risk of

side effects because, unlike many other therapies

used to treat this type of MS, it does not suppress

the immune system.

So far, six Shepherd Center patients have been

screened to take part. Participants must be able

to walk to some extent on their own with or without

an assistive device be between ages 18 and 60

and will need to stop taking any other treatments

to slow disease progression if they pursue the trial.

Patients are given five shots of the treatment or

placebo a year.

An initial analysis of the study results is

expected in 2016. For information, contact

Carlyn Kappy, RD, LD, CCRP, at 404-367-2620

or carlyn_kappy@shepherd.org.

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Linda Agnello, who teaches

music at an elementary

school in metro Atlanta, has

multiple sclerosis and is

hopeful about the results of a

new clinical trial under way at

Shepherd Center.

PHOTOS BY GARY MEEK

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Ppatient

profile

A HIGH ACHIEVER

Former patient enrolls in law school after graduating

from the U.S. Naval Academy.

BY DAVID SIMPSON

Kevin Hillery, 23, of

Medway, Mass., is a student

at the Georgetown University

School of Law. In 2012, he

became the first person with

paraplegia to graduate from

the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Kevin Hillery, 23, would rather not talk about himself,

even if he understands why other people do.

Last year, he became the first person with

paraplegia to graduate from the U.S. Naval

Academy. He then entered Georgetown

University’s law school and landed on Forbes

magazine’s “30 Under 30: Law and Policy” list.

Ask Kevin what advice he gives to people

facing adversity, and you’ll get a long pause.

“Well, I don’t know if I have any coherent advice,”

he says. “I just think it’s important to take help

from the people who are close to you and who are

caring about you and willing to offer it. Just

be grateful for any opportunity you have and keep

your mind on what’s important for you.”

Instead of talking about himself, he will tell you

about the people who helped him along the way:

Naval Academy buddies who reacted swiftly when

a tree fell on him in a wilderness competition; family

and Navy officials who worked to get him back into

the academy; and Shepherd Center professionals

who helped him start his rehabilitation.

He came to Shepherd Center with one

goal: “I was just hoping to get back to school at

the academy.”

Kevin, who had been a high school distance

runner in his hometown of Medway, Mass.,

was part of an “adventure racing” team at the

Naval Academy. Teams navigate with a map

and compass through wilderness areas to hit

checkpoints while mountain biking, running, and

kayaking or canoeing.

On April 16, 2011, Kevin’s team was competing

in a storm in the Shenandoah Valley near Front

Royal, Va.

“I don’t actually remember the accident,” he

says. “We were mountain biking down a hill, me

and three friends, and a big tree blew over. It hit me

on the bike helmet, then rolled down my back and

landed on the tire, which stopped the bike. And

then I flew over the handlebars. After that, my three

buddies took care of me.”

Two classmates used their coats to shelter him.

A third spotted a house where he could get an

address to guide an emergency airlift crew to their

location in the forest.

A spinal cord injury in Kevin’s lower back

required surgery at the University of Virginia

Medical Center in Charlottesville. For rehabilitation,

he came to Shepherd Center in May 2011.

“I just loved the people at Shepherd,” Kevin

says. “The nurses and therapists were great. It

was a happy place; everybody liked their jobs.

That trickled down to the patients and that made

it a lot easier for everybody.”

Herndon Murray, M.D., Kevin’s physician at

Shepherd Center, remembers him as a great patient.

“He’s a very high achiever,” Dr. Murray says.

“He works hard and he’s a goal-oriented type

person, or otherwise he wouldn’t have been in

the Naval Academy. And I think that transferred

over into his rehabilitation.”

Tina Raziano, military coordinator for Shepherd

Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, says Kevin’s

humble attitude is common among military

service members. “Kevin is one of those who

has accomplished a lot and done tremendous

work but is very modest and doesn’t like a lot of

recognition,” she explains.

Raziano was among many who helped Kevin,

his family and the Naval Academy deal with his

first-of-its-kind request to rejoin his classmates.

“That was the most important part, just getting

back to all my good friends,” Kevin says. “I have

a close bond with my

company. I was with a

company of 40 kids

right from the start, and

I’m still friends with all of

them today.”

After additional

rehabilitation at the U.S.

Veterans Affairs Medical

Center in West Roxbury,

Mass., Kevin went home

to Medway, worked out at

the YMCA and caught up

on his interrupted Naval

Academy semester, thanks in part to his family’s

season tickets for Navy football.

Before each Saturday home game, he and his

parents drove to Annapolis on Thursday so Kevin

could take a make-up final exam on Friday. He had

piled up extra credits before the accident, so he

graduated with his company on May 29, 2012.

His injury precluded a Navy commission, so

he decided on law school. He began classes at

Georgetown in August 2012.

He lives alone in an apartment near the

campus. He hangs out with friends on weekends

and smiles politely when people praise his

accomplishments, even though he wishes they

would talk about something else. His wheelchair

is a fact of life, but it’s nowhere near the most

important thing about him.

“I just try to live my life normally and don’t focus

on disability at all,” Kevin says. “Occasionally, you

run into problems. Sometimes you can get around

them; other times you can’t. If you can’t get in one

restaurant, just go to a different one.”

Kevin hasn’t settled on career goals and doesn’t

worry about that. As he says in characteristically

few words: “I am very happy where I am.”

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“He’s a very high achiever.

He works hard and he’s a

goal-oriented type person, or

otherwise he wouldn’t have

been in the Naval Academy.

And I think that transferred

over into his rehabilitation.”

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Aalumni

profiles

1

From Near

and Far

Former Shepherd Center

patients from across the

nation report on their

productive lives post-injury.

BY PHILLIP JORDAN

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Mischa

Brady

BOISE,

IDAHO

Mischa Brady, 31, of Boise, Idaho,

served two tours of duty with the U.S.

Marines in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

During his second tour, stationed near

the Syrian border in Iraq’s dangerous

Anbar region, an improvised explosive

device (IED) detonated and knocked

him unconscious. The improvisation in

this case was a 155mm artillery shell

packed with C-4 explosives.

“It was early on. Nobody thought

much about traumatic brain injuries,”

Mischa says. “I wasn’t bleeding, no

broken bones. I took some Motrin and

drank some water, and continued my

patrol. And I finished the rest of my

nine-month tour.”

Those months became blurred with

migraines, insomnia and abnormal anger.

“But when you’re in a pack of people that

all have the same problems, you don’t

really think twice about it,” he says.

Returning home revealed the depth

of Mischa’s problems. Eventually, he

found his way to Shepherd Center

and its SHARE Military Initiative, which

provides comprehensive rehabilitation

care for service members with traumatic

brain injuries and post-traumatic

stress disorder.

“I’d been avoiding a lot of things,

and I didn’t want to leave home, frankly,”

Mischa says. “But it turned out to be

exactly what I needed.”

He received help for physical

and mental health issues, and took

advantage of volunteer opportunities

set up by Shepherd Center, allowing

him to find new passions.

Shepherd Center also connected

Mischa to the Wounded Warrior

Project, another base of support in

his recovery. Last fall, Mischa received

an associate’s degree from the College

of Western Idaho. Now, he’s pursuing

a bachelor’s degree in history at Boise

State University, where he’s active in

a veterans group called the Wyakin

Warrior Foundation.

“My time at Shepherd really set the

stage for everything I’ve done since,”

Mischa says. “They got me out of my

comfort zone. That was really the only

way I was going to get better.”

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Michael

Harris

PANAMA CITY,

FLORIDA

Josh

Inglett

AUGUSTA,

GEORGIA

Debbie

Hochbaum

ATLANTA,

GEORGIA

Michael Harris, 34, of Panama City, Fla.,

feels like he grew up outdoors. “I was

fortunate to have a dad who got me

outdoors, and it’s always been my love,”

he says.

About eight years ago, Michael

and his dad, Johnny, began volunteering

with a group that provided outdoor

adventures to people with terminal

illness or disability. Eventually, father

and son decided to start their own

nonprofit organization and expand on

the concept.

In 2008, the Harrises founded Seasons

of Hope (www.seasonsofhopeinc.org).

It offers personalized hunting, fishing,

camping and other outdoor opportunities

to people with terminal illness or

disability, as well as disadvantaged

children and wounded veterans.

Less than a year later, on March 30,

2009, Michael was lying under a stack of

23 sheets of plywood that had crashed

down on him. He’d been helping a

friend organize a warehouse when he

sustained a C-5 and C-7 spinal cord

injury in the accident. Michael spent

a month on a ventilator, in a medically

induced coma.

“It was a whole different world when

I finally arrived at Shepherd Center,” he

recalls. “It’s such a personal place. I can

go back there today, and doctors I had

will still say hello to me by name.”

At Shepherd, he steadily worked

to re-establish his independence. He

had a goal in mind: to get back outdoors

and continue helping others. Today,

he is busier than ever — finding new

sponsors and organizing outings for

Seasons of Hope.

“At first, the vision we had was just to

take kids out to hunt and fish, give them

a break,” Michael says. “But now we’re

moving more toward a full ministry. We

want to start a mentoring program. It’s

gone above and beyond what we ever

thought it would be.”

Josh Inglett, 19 of Augusta, Ga., had

sustained a T-9 spinal cord injury in a

car accident when he arrived at

Shepherd Center in November 2012.

Josh couldn’t sit up in bed, and a

fractured shoulder blade further slowed

his physical rehabilitation.

He credits Herndon Murray, M.D.,

medical director of Shepherd Center’s

Spinal Cord Injury Program, as his chief

inspiration. “Every time he came in your

room, he had you laughing the whole

time,” Josh says. “He kept everybody

laughing. And he listened. He paid

attention to what you needed.”

Josh gradually progressed from

sitting up to getting dressed to washing

his clothes, cooking and cleaning.

He participated in Shepherd Center

outings that strengthened his

independence. He went to a movie

and transferred from his wheelchair to

a seat. He went horseback riding.

Josh even became an artist. Sort of.

“I’m no artist,” he says with a laugh.

But if you enter Shepherd Center’s main

foyer, where its “Hall of Fame” busts are

located, you will see a sculpture by Josh.

“They have all those bronzed heads

in there, and one day I said, ‘Dang,

Dr. Murray’s been here since this place

started. Why doesn’t he have one?’”

His therapists challenged him to

correct the oversight. “They asked me,

‘Why don’t you make him one then?’”

Josh recalls.

So he did, crafting a bust of Dr.

Murray out of tinsel, clay and bronzecolored

spray paint. “It’s crazy,” he says.

“That thing started with just a little ball of

tinsel. But they got me to do it. It ended

up helping my flexibility a lot, too.”

Josh returned to Shepherd Center

recently to pass his adapted driving

evaluation. On his way in, he passed his

bust of Dr. Murray, which still adorns the

entryway’s venerable “Hall of Fame.”

Debbie Hochbaum, 54, of Atlanta,

knows she has to be in good shape if

she wants to continue seeing ghosts.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in

1994, Debbie has not let her condition

inhibit her passion: She and her husband,

Tony, are professional ghost-hunters,

offering free paranormal investigations

of potentially haunted abodes across

Georgia and South Carolina.

“Tony had actually organized the

group before I ever met him,” Debbie

says. “I joined and started going to all the

events. Eventually, I started helping him

organize the outings. We were friends for

a year before he asked me out!”

Today, Debbie and Tony run the

Association of Paranormal Explorers

(APEX) as relative newlyweds. They

married just more than two years ago.

“This is just something we both love

to do,” she says with a laugh. “And I’m

really enjoying my life.”

Debbie credits her vibrant life to

good nutrition and physical exercise,

which she gets in weekly doses through

Shepherd Center’s MS Wellness Center.

She participates in cardio, meditation,

yoga and core exercise classes.

“I try to grab as many classes as I

can!” she says. “The cardio is my favorite

because it forces me to move my body

the way I need to. It keeps me moving.”

And that’s good. Because Debbie

is busy. In addition to her paranormal

research, she is a grandmother of eight,

teammates with her husband in a bowling

league and a new member of Shepherd

Center’s Consumer Advisory Board.

Beyond the physical benefits, Debbie

says her wellness classes provide her

with something else. “Everybody’s so

friendly and upbeat there,” she says. “I

don’t think I’ve ever seen an angry face.

And that’s important. I’m a social person,

and I need to be around positive people.

That reinforcement helps me as much as

anything else.”

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CORPORATE GIVING

ANNUAL JOINT BOARD MEETING

DERBY DAY 32

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

SHEPHERD CENTER

AUXILIARY PRESENTATION

ANGEL LUNCHEON

LEGENDARY PARTY PREVIEW

PARTY IN THE PARK 39

HONORARIUMS

MEMORIALS

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NOTES FROM

scott h. sikes

Shepherd Center Foundation Executive Director

Physical Fitness and Fiscal Fitness

PHOTO BY HANNAH MARIE

This quarter’s Spinal Column magazine has articles and sidebars on nutrition,

exercise, healthy lifestyles and fitness. Many of Shepherd Center’s employees

have been participating this year in a healthy lifestyles class about nutrition

and exercise, and others have participated in various fun-fitness activities such

as lunchtime basketball and volleyball leagues. We need to keep healthy and

happy employees to provide the high level of research, care and training we

offer our patients and their families and loved ones.

Like so many of our employees, I participated in some of these activities

and over some months saw my own weight loss and improved fitness. Later,

when I had my annual physical examination with my doctor, he said, “Wow,

someone actually listened to his physician!”

In addition to an annual physical examination, many people also get an

annual “fiscal fitness” check-up with one or more of their financial advisors.

The fiscal fitness of the hospital is something our chief financial officer, Steve

Holleman, and I focus on each day. We constantly strive to be excellent

stewards of the funds you donate to us and work to stretch every dollar to help

as many patients and families in as many ways as possible.

Good stewards are proud to report on their work. To help us in providing

timely and good stewardship reports to our donors, we hired Kate Kelsey

Barnes from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. Kate has lots of

duties on her plate, but one of her key duties is to help us report sooner and

more thoroughly to all our donors and perhaps most critically to our named

endowment fund donors. Our endowment funds are considered by many to

be our savings accounts that in theory will help us to weather any economic

downturns that occur from time to time.

Shepherd Center Foundation’s chairman, McKee Nunnally, has a personal

interest in increasing our endowments during his two-year term of office. One

of the ways he is going to help us achieve “fiscal fitness” is to ask prospective

donors to consider remembering Shepherd Center Foundation in their estate

plans. A gift that comes to us after your death via your will, life insurance

policy, retirement plan, trust, etc., will make a big impact on others in the future.

When you are getting your own fiscal fitness check-up, please ask your

financial advisors how you might remember Shepherd Center Foundation

in your plans. For example, one quick and easy way to do this is to make

Shepherd Center Foundation a partial beneficiary of your existing retirement

plan or life insurance policy.

While we cannot and do not give legal or tax advice, my colleague Ty

Tippett and I can help your financial advisors and you as you simultaneously

help Shepherd Center’s future. Call or email us at (404) 350-7305 or

scott_sikes@shepherd.org.

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Corporate Giving

Georgia companies engage employees and support

Shepherd Center through employee giving programs.

BY RACHEL FRANCO

Shepherd Center Foundation staff members

tour members of the Georgia Power Club

of Hearts board of directors through the

hospital’s facilities. The Club, which supports

Shepherd Center, is a unique employee-giving

program founded by employees.

Companies that give back seemingly

share a common characteristic —

a commitment to supporting the

communities in which they work.

They also share a desire to give their

employees a voice in the giving process.

These companies include Georgia

Power, ERB Industries and Troutman

Sanders, companies with a strong

Atlanta presence that enthusiastically

support local nonprofit organizations,

including Shepherd Center, through

corporate-level donations and employee

giving programs.

Georgia Power, for example, houses

the Club of Hearts initiative, a unique

employee-giving program founded by

employees in 1953 and incorporated

in 1954. Through Club of Hearts, Inc.,

Georgia Power (and Southern Company)

employees and retirees in metro Atlanta

contribute about $1 million annually

to local health and human services

organizations.

Whether through a personal

connection with Shepherd Center or

a general awareness of the Center’s

life-restoring work, Georgia Power

employees have proudly contributed

$140,472 to the hospital since 1978

and are on track to donate more than

$7,700 this year.

“At Georgia Power, we’re known

for being a citizen wherever we serve,”

says Donice Wood, project manager

at Club of Hearts, Inc. “Whether it’s

with your time or your dollars, we

think it’s important to give back to

our communities.”

Employees at safety products

company ERB Industries feel equally

as passionate about supporting

Shepherd Center — a passion largely

inspired by the company’s founder

and longtime Shepherd donor Bill

Erb. Ranging from factory workers to

executives, ERB employees contribute

to Shepherd through weekly or bi-weekly

payroll deductions.

Since 1998, employees have given

almost $450,000 to Shepherd — initially

to the injury prevention program and

now to the Dean Stroud Pain Institute,

which is named in memory of Bill

Erb’s grandson.

“Our employees like knowing their

money goes to Shepherd Center and

are excited that Shepherd gives hope to

those who’ve gone through incredible

adversity,” says Sheila Eads, president

and CEO of ERB Industries.

The law firm, Troutman Sanders,

has supported Shepherd in many

ways through the years, including

sponsorship of the Center’s annual golf

tournament and Derby Day fundraisers.

Wanting to find a fun way for its

employees to give back, however, the

Atlanta office launched its annual Jeans

Day fundraiser.

In exchange for a donation,

employees can wear jeans the last

Friday of each month. Employees enjoy

dressing casually in a traditionally formal

environment and helping organizations

like Shepherd Center, which they

supported in 2011 and 2012.

Sallie Adams Daniel, chief

development and diversity officer at

Troutman Sanders, says: “Shepherd

Center is the best facility of its kind

in the country. Our employees

find it rewarding to support a local

organization of this caliber.”

Dean Melcher, director of development

operations at the Shepherd Center

Foundation, says that while Shepherd

appreciates all of its contributors, there is

something special about the support that

comes from individual employees.

“Having people choose to take

money out of their paychecks — money

that could make a real difference in their

lives — and donate it to Shepherd Center

helps demonstrate to us that every dollar

makes a difference.”

Companies interested in supporting

Shepherd Center through an employee

giving campaign should email Dean at

Dean_Melcher@shepherd.org.

PHOTOS BY CAROLINE HARRELL

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Shepherd Center Foundation and Recreation

Therapy Department Co-Host “Thrills and Skills

for Life”

BY SARA BAXTER

PHOTOS BY MEG PORTER

Visitors to Shepherd Center on April 18 saw one

of the hospital’s biggest programs — Recreation

Therapy — in action.

The expo featured guest speaker and former

patient Duane Morrow sharing his personal story

of how Shepherd Center and specifically the

Recreation Therapy Program and the sports teams

impacted his life after his rugby injury.

The event offered live demonstrations on some

of the hospital’s sports and recreational activities,

including wheelchair rugby, hand cycling, riflery,

scuba diving and water skiing. Art therapy, golfing,

fencing and mono snow skiing exhibits were

also featured.

“We wanted to host an event that would

educate the community on a special program

that is an important part of Shepherd Center’s

continuum of care,” says Ansley Martin, major

and planned gifts officer for the Shepherd Center

Foundation. “This was a fun way to teach the

community about Recreation Therapy and how

vital it is to the recovery of our patients.”

Shepherd’s Recreation Therapy Program helps

patients get back into the community by taking

them on outings, teaching leisure skills and

developing other skills needed in everyday life.

With 24 recreational therapists on staff, it’s the

largest program of its kind in the country.

“We help them do things they did before,

but we also open their eyes to other opportunities

and perhaps expose them to things they may

never have done,” says Kelly Edens, manager

of recreation therapy. “We build their skills and

establish a routine before they leave the hospital.”

The Recreation Therapy Program costs

$1.6 million annually to operate and is one of the

Foundation’s top funding priorities for 2013. The

expo was a creative way to raise awareness and

hopefully donor support.

“This program goes beyond traditional

therapy,” Ansley says. “When patients participate

in Shepherd’s Recreation Therapy Program,

they realize they will return to an active and

fulfilling life.”

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1. Shepherd Center

supporters and friends

watch a riflery demo during

Skills and Thrills for Life.

2. Attendees watch a scuba

diving demo in the hospital’s

pool during the recreation

therapy open house. 3.

Shepherd Center Foundation

Advisory Board Chairman Bill

Saling tries out the One Off

off-road handcycle.

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Shepherd Center Board

Members Gather at Annual

Joint Board Meeting

BY KATE BARNES

Guests attend the annual Joint Board Meeting at

Shepherd Center on May 20.

On May 20, guests attended the annual

joint board meeting of the Shepherd

Center Board of Directors, the Shepherd

Center Foundation Board of Trustees

and the Advisory Board.

The program included a marketing

update by Mitch Fillhaber, Shepherd

Center’s senior vice president of

corporate development and managed

care, followed by a report on an

upcoming Shepherd Center metro

Atlanta advertising campaign led by

Larry Bowie, director of public relations

and marketing.

Also, Bridget Metzger, director of

injury prevention and education, shared

the importance of identifying distracted

driving and encouraged board members

to join the many Shepherd Center staff

members who have signed the hospital’s

Safe Driving Pledge.

In addition, Medical Director

Donald P. Leslie, M.D., gave an update

on Shepherd Center’s collaboration

with Vanderbilt University and Parker

Hannifin to develop Indego, a lightweight

exoskeleton designed to help individuals

with paraplegia stand and walk. Indego

clinical trials involve people with spinal

cord injury and stroke. Parker Hannifin

hopes to receive FDA approval for use

of the device in rehabilitation centers by

July 2014.

The meeting included a brief

overview of the Multiple Sclerosis

Health and Wellness Program led by

Chris Manella, therapy manager for

MS, and an introduction of Shepherd

Center patient Lindy Welch, who gave

a testimonial.

IN OTHER UPDATES:

The Shepherd Center Foundation

Board of Trustees announced:

New members are: Jim Butler,

Bob Cunningham, Don Howard

and John Rooker.

The Shepherd Center Advisory

Board announced:

New members of the Advisory

Board are: Maria Britt, Brian

“BB” Brown, Virginia Carron,

David Dubrof, Brad Hamilton,

Street Nalley, Cindy Voyles and

Susan White.

New Advisory Board ex officio

members are: Hunter Amos,

Crystal Baker, Heather Flint,

Catherine Skeen, Wesley Snapp

and Amy Trujillo.

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New Members Join Foundation

Board of Trustees

BY LAUREN TUCKER

After serving Shepherd Center in a

variety of capacities, Jim Butler, Bob

Cunningham, Don Howard and John

Rooker each began their first term on

the Shepherd Center Foundation’s

Board of Trustees on April 1.

A graduate of the University of

Georgia’s School of Journalism and

School of Law, Jim is a founding partner

of the civil trial practice firm of Butler,

Wooten & Fryhofer. He began his legal

practice in Columbus, Ga., but he later

opened an additional office in Atlanta.

Jim is active in political and conservation

groups, with service on the Georgia

Board of Natural Resources, was a

founder of Flint Riverkeeper, Inc., of the

Chattahoochee River Warden and the

Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust. He is

also a founding member of the Board of

the Arch Foundation for the University

of Georgia and is a member of the

University of Georgia Foundation. At

Shepherd, Jim has a particular passion

for injury prevention efforts, with his firm

serving as one of the program’s partners.

Bob, a graduate of Marquette

University, is an accomplished

professional in the heating and air

conditioning business, most recently

founding Cunningham & Associates

Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. His

civic involvement includes service on the

Board of Trustees at Trinity School, the

Brookhaven Rotary Club and Shepherd

Center’s Advisory Board. Through his

involvement with Brookhaven Rotary,

he helped to establish the “Service

above Self” invitational golf tournament

to benefit the SHARE Military Initiative.

Bob and his wife, Beth, are active

members at Trinity Presbyterian Church,

and they have two adult children.

Following his service in the U.S.

Army, Don graduated from Georgia

Southern University and resumed his

career path in the banking field. His

extensive career in banking led to his

appointment as chairman and chief

executive officer of Bank of North

Georgia. Active in the local community,

Don serves as member of the Board

of Trustees at Georgia Southern

University, secretary/treasurer of the

North Fulton Community Improvement

District, chairman of the board at the

Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau,

advisory board member of the North

Metro Miracle League, and member of

the Roswell Rotary Club and Greater

North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Don encourages collaboration between

Bank of North Georgia and Shepherd,

specifically with the Recreation Therapy

Department’s annual Casino Night.

Don and his wife, Teri, have three adult

children and three grandchildren.

John has assumed a variety of

leadership responsibilities at Shepherd

Center, including service as a charter

member of Shepherd Center Society,

chair of the Shepherd Center Cup

Golf Tournament in 2010 and 2011,

and member of the Advisory Board.

Following his graduation from the

University of Georgia, John joined his

family’s business, ROOKER, a fullservice

real estate development, design

and construction firm specializing in the

industrial segment. He serves as vice

president of the company, with previous

roles including project management, as

well as sales and leasing. In addition to

his leadership roles at Shepherd, John

also serves on Skyland Trail’s Advisory

Board and the Board of Visitors at the

University of Georgia. He and his wife,

April, have young children.

From top to bottom: Jim Butler, Bob Cunningham,

Don Howard and John Rooker

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BY CARA ROXLAND

The crowd cheers as they

watch the Run for the Roses.

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1. The crowd gathers under the tent to

hear the winner of the raffle and enjoy

the live auction. 2. Junior Committee

members Jessica Hayes and Lindsey

Butler take a break and listen to The

Breakfast Club.

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3. Former Junior Committee members

enjoy bidding on wonderful items in the

silent auction.

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4. The Junior Committee 2012-2013 Executive Board members are: Front row,

left to right, Jackie Gibson and Catherine Skeen. Second row: Joe Mays, Matt

Moore, Wesley Snapp, Suzanne Pickens and Claire Bovat. Back row: Rob Hefley,

Joe Bricker, Todd Lindsey and Adam Diamond. Not pictured are Allison Dick and

Tricia Clineburg. 5. PictureU attended Derby Day and provided a tablet computer

that allowed photos to be instantly uploaded to the event’s Facebook page.

6. Derby Day guests and Junior Committee members enjoy the festivities.

Left to right are: Christina Scalera, Heather Park, Ashley French, Lauren Turner

and Mary Ella Orsburn.

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Derby Day 2013 Volunteers

Derby Day Co-Chairs

Catherine Skeen and

Wesley Snapp

Sponsorship Co-Chairs

Claire Bovat and Joe Mays

Auction Co-Chairs

Tricia Clineburg and Allison Dick

Membership Co-Chairs

Joe Bricker and Suzanne Pickens

Field Operations Co-Chairs

Adam Diamond, Chris Forenza

and Todd Lindsey

Food Co-Chairs

Jackie Gibson and Matt Moore

Beverages Co-Chairs

DuVall Brumby and Rob Hefley

Committee Co-Chairs

Band

Scooter Owes

Communications

Alysen Thompsen

Decorations

Ashley French, Emily Hampton

and Diana Prickett

Finance

Kate McWilliams and Ryan Wiita

Games

Chris Harney and Rick Wrenn

Hospitality

Midd Read and Caroline Tanner

Publicity and Public Relations

Laura Benson and Henri Hollis

Race Day Games

Chris McShane and Chas Duvall

Raffle

Hays Pickens and Megan Roper

T-shirts

Kalen Dalrymple and Sarah White

Tickets

Allison Jackson and

Elizabeth Shortridge

Transportation

Warren Mullis

Committee at Large

Evelyn Abels

Harry Aiken

Emily Aimone

Cecily Aleem

Rachael Austin

Josh Aycox

Frances Backus

Lindsay Bacon

Mary Lauren Bagwell

Elizabeth A. Bairstow

Connor Ball

Carrie Barfield

Rebecca Barnhill

Jessica Bartholomew

Kenson Bates

Emily Behrens

Mary Scott Bennett

Jason Berman

Colette Bernstein

Natalie Billas

Elizabeth Blackmon

Mims Bledsoe

Trey Bowling

Susanna Bramlett

Robert Bray

Kevin Breen

Jessica Brewer

Chandler Brown

Mary Katherine Brown

Stiles Brown

Meredith Bryant

Meagan Buffington

Lauren Burhans

Amanda Busse

Sean Butkus

Taylor Cain

Joshua Campbell

Lucy E. Capps

Jessica Casey

Caroline Cates

Seth Chadwell

Griffin M. Childs

Katie Choate

Alison Christenberry

Kaitlin Chritton

Matthew Clem

Daniel Clinton

William Coats

James Connell

Kyle Cook

Caroline Corrigan

Louise Corrigan

Ben Couch

Anna Cowart

Ben Cowart

Emily Cowart

Courtney Cozad

Lauren Cranston

Brianne Dabiero

Steven Dalla

Kerri Danas

Nicholas Danna

Nick Davies

Jason Deere

Katie Defer

Katelin Dennis

Eleni Dermatas

Monica Diaz

Brian Dieter

Andrew Donaldson

Margaret Dozier

Sarah Durham

Brandon Ernest

Dave Evans

Janet Evich

Chris Festa

Caroline Forbes

Alexandra Fuller

Lauren Fuller

Lauren E. Fylstra

Sadler Gay

Blair Gillespie

Julia E. Goode

Matt Goodson

Michael Greenfield

Rob Gregory

Meg Griffin

Rebecca Griffin

Katie Grover

Anne Marie Grubka

Blaine Haddington

Sarah Hampton

Jami Hanzman

Megan E. Harney

Christopher Harney

Erica Headlee

Kristin S. Heidemann

Terah Henderson

Anna Hensley

Kiley Hodgson

Lauren Hofmann

Russell Hofstetter

Kathryn J. Hoke

Ashley A. Hollan

Melissa Holtz

Emily Hovis

Jessica Hunter

Natalie Hunter

Catherine Hurley

Elizabeth Irwin

Cayce Jett

Emily Johns

Julie A. Kaufman

Natalie Keen

Paige Kelly

Jennie F. Kushner

Yona Kutler

Megan Lawler

Chris Lawrence

Shelby Lawrence

Davis Lukens

Sinead Lynch

Mary Catherine Mackey

Caroline Madden

Robert Mahar

Leigh Malamphy

Bobby Marston

Courtney Martin

Gabi Martinez-Esteve

Katie Matthews

Corey Mayes

Lindsay McDuff

Molly McGlynn

Mary Katherine McRae

Patrick McShane

Kristen McVitty

Kate McWilliams

Brad Mendel

Blake Meyrowitz

William C. Miller

Ryan Moffett

Jessica Monk

Alexandra Morgan

Mackenzie Morris

Chelsea Moss

Nick Murphy

Chris Myers

Jane Blair Myers

Catherine Nall

Coleman Nalley

Stephanie Nowling

Elizabeth Osborne

Christopher Owes

Dorothy Padgett

Lauren Page

William Parkey

Gina Pascale

Kathryn Patterson

Michael Patterson

Kara Pavkovich

Amanda Peeler

Samantha Perkins

Kate Phinney

Suzanne Pickens

Morgan Pierson

Rob Pierson

Mia Pilato

Emily Pilcher

Vlad Pop

Virginia Porter

Samuel Posnock

Barin Powell

Andrea Puckett

Miers Quigley

John M. Ramsey

Megan Ramsey

John Raymond

Alan Redding

David Redding

Amanda Reynolds

Nicole Richie

Michael Roberts

Courtney Roberts

Kathryn Rogers

Sarah C. Rollins

Orin Romain

Christa Rossell

Leisy Ruddock

Margaret Anne Ryburn

Peter Schiller

Jacqlyn Schmitt

Douglas Schwartz

Palmer Sherer

Casey Shuster

Mary Catherine Sikes

Matt Simmons

Tricia Sirmon

Miriam Skiles

Jenna B. Smith

Hampton Snapp

Ashley Staker

Macy Stewart

Cierra Szwed

Lauren Taylor

Rossi Theodore

Chelsea Thompson

Payne Thompson

Caroline Trammell

Emily Trenney

Caroline Tritschler

Brianna Tucker

Layne Umberger

Tim VanBenthuysen

Caroline Vollertsen

Daniel Walker

Amanda Wall

Catherine Wall

Eleanor Walling

Cody Watts

Colleen Weaver

Jenni Weaver

Lauren Wells

Merry Parker Whidby

Lindley Whipple

Nathan Wiita

Robert Wilburn

Brittany A. Wilson

Anne Temple Wise

Amber Wojcik

Melissa Wolbach

Alissa Wolter

Kathryn E. Wood

Marshall Wood

Sam Woodworth

Maggie Yancey

Christopher York

John Zaback

Laura Zanolli

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Derby Day 2013 Sponsors

PHOTOS BY HENRI HOLLIS AND JAKOB CROWDER

Winner’s Circle Sponsors

Cooper-Global Chauffeured

Transportation (5)

Resource Real Estate Marketing (6)

Triple Crown Sponsors

Choate Construction Company (10)

Diageo (5)

Gallagher Electric &

Engineering Company (18)

United Distributors, Inc. (11)

Platinum Sponsors

Bear Claw Condominiums (7)

Bradford World Renowned

Portraiture (2)

The London Trading Company

Picture U Promotions

Catherine B. and Charles Rice

Family Foundation

Satellite Shelters, Inc.

Snapper Industrial Products (9)

www.AnneLattimore.com (25)

Blue Ribbon Sponsors

Avisos

DATAMATX (20)

Sylvia and Bruce Dick (2)

Genuine Parts Company

Proof of the Pudding (4)

Reece Tent Rental (18)

Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint, LLP (28)

Shared Vision Marketing LLC

Speaker Law Firm (13)

SunTrust Bank, Atlanta (28)

Van Epps and Associates

Yates Insurance Agency (27)

Gold Cup Sponsors

Aycock Properties

Bachelor & Kimball (6)

Bill and Jeane Bovat

Joan and Robert Berto (23)

Broyhill Family Foundation

Costco Brookhaven

Delta Air Lines (10)

Diversified Metal Fabricators (22)

Dr. Anna and Mr. Mike Elmers

E. R. Snell Contractor, Inc. (17)

Fieldale Farms Corp. (2)

Garden & Gun

Judy and Mike Harhai (19)

Carol and Rick Hoskinson (9)

Jackson Spalding

James Avery Jewelry

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Jerden

Martha and Wilton Looney (2)

Lost Dog Tavern

Mainly Baskets (26)

Anna Muir, Independent Stylist —

Stella & Dot

Museum of Design Atlanta

Lisa Moore

National EMS

Elizabeth R. Pearce (16)

The Prince Foundation

Post Properties (2)

Neil and Rosemary Richie

Rogers Bridge Company, Inc. (16)

Shaw Industries Group, Inc (24)

Alana and Harold Shepherd (31)

Valerie and Scott Sikes (5)

Kelley and Bradlee Simoneaux

Margaret Staton

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Urban Body Studios (2)

Chris and Jacqueline von Kuhn

Anne and Andrew Worrell (7)

The Dancy H. and Charles S.

Wynne Fund at the North

Georgia Community

Foundation

Silver Cup Sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. David Apple (31)

Atlanta Kick/Operation

Bootcamp (11)

Blackhawk Fly Fishing

Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP (16)

Sara and Donnie Chapman (3)

Classic Weddings of Buckhead

Louise Hanlon and

Mora Hostetter (8)

Cobb Energy Performing

Arts Centre

Epps Aviation (17)

First Citizens Bank

Lora and Geoffrey Fishman (6)

Framers on Peachtree (25)

Full House Merch

Patty and Bob Fryer (6)

The Gables Antiques (28)

The Leonard & Jerry Greenbaum

Family Foundation (20)

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey P. Hall, Sr. (8)

Herman Miller, Inc.

Nick and Shannon Hinson

Homrich Berg

Huff Harrington Home

The InterContinental Hotel,

Buckhead & Southern Art

Jones Lang LaSalle (4)

Chris and Jan LeCraw (2)

Larry and Joyce Mays (2)

Elizabeth and Chris Morris (5)

Duane and Kim Morrow

Municipal Portfolio Managers, Inc.

Debbie Murphy

Aleks and Bill Myers

Juli and David Owens

Parramore & Quinn, Inc.

Perfect Circle Renewable

Energy, LLC

Pickens Inc., Jewelers (2)

Pittman Construction Company (29)

R. D. McCain Enterprises LLC

The Regal Group (3)

Peyton and Mary Robinson

John and Jill Seymour (2)

Linda and James Shepherd (31)

Ray and Val Sherer

Sinless Cocktails (3)

Boynton and Elizabeth Smith (17)

Tassels

Laryssa Temple

That Garrison Girl (6)

Topaz Gallery

Woo Cosmetics

Yacht Rock Revue

Patrons

Lisa and Jim Bacon

Debbie Brewer

Brown Claims Management Group

Josh Cooper

Josh Gess

Cory Gibson

Michael P. Holt, Sr.

Deborah Izzo

Cheryl and Jerry Nix

Mary Gilbreath Pope

Christine Posnock

Debbie and Warren Roper

Suzan and Gary Schumacher

Paul York

Junior Patrons

Joe Revnes and Kara Claudy

Kirk Martin

Alfred and Donna Moore

Susi V. Patton

Ellen and Bruce Simmons

1. Another fabulous silent auction

item was a guitar autographed by

all members of the band Styx.

2. One of the exciting live auction

items was a NASCAR race package.

The prize included four reserved

seats for the Sept. 1 race at Atlanta

Motor Speedway, as well as a tour

of the pit with a representative

from Michael Waltrip Racing.

3. Despite the weather, Derby Day

guests enjoyed the food and drink.

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1

2

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Shepherd Center Honors In-Hospital Volunteers

BY ALEX SEBLATNIGG, CAVS

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2

1. Dr. Knox Kinlaw, Carol

Curtis and James Curtis

visit during the Volunteer

Appreciation Dinner.

2. Martin Isenberg, left, and

Neal Irby, right, congratulate

Spirit of Shepherd Award

winner Barry Phillips.

Celebrating the Shepherd

Center Auxiliary at the

group’s annual luncheon

were Rebecca McWalters,

Beth Sasso, Linda Morris,

and therapy dogs Frosty

and Bentley.

Shepherd Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation

Dinner, held this spring on April 25, offered a

chance to celebrate the hospital’s volunteers and

provided time for visiting with friends old and

new. Soiree Catering provided a delicious meal,

and each volunteer received a pocket notebook

imprinted with the words “Shepherd Center

Volunteer” as a small token of appreciation.

Scott Sikes, executive director of the Shepherd

Center Foundation, welcomed guests and thanked

volunteers for their tremendous gifts of time.

Following dinner, former patient and volunteer

Warren Cleary, now a staff member, shared

his personal story and reminded guests of the

importance of volunteers at Shepherd Center. A

brief slide show provided a look back on the past

year, showcasing many familiar faces.

Volunteer Barry Phillips was honored with the

Spirit of Shepherd Award, which recognizes a

volunteer who “demonstrates outstanding passion

and commitment and is instrumental to Shepherd

Center’s activities, programs and mission.” As a

breakfast feeder and locomotor therapy volunteer,

Barry’s dedication to Shepherd patients, staff

and the hospital’s work makes him a vital part of

The Shepherd Center Auxiliary celebrated its

2012-2013 fundraising season with the presentation

of a check for $184,300 to Scott Sikes, executive

director of the Shepherd Center Foundation, at the

Auxiliary’s annual meeting and luncheon on April 18

in the hospital’s Callaway Auditorium.

Shepherd’s Recreation Therapy Department

received $135,000, and the hospital Assistive

Technology Center received $10,000. The funds

will benefit patients in each program. The money

will also fund the purchase of two quad rugby and

basketball chairs, an EasyGlider for Shepherd

Pathways, and a tilt table, which provides

effective patient mobilization at an early stage in

rehabilitation following a stroke, traumatic brain

injury or spinal cord injury.

Guests attending the event enjoyed a delicious

lunch catered by Carole Parks Catering. Hospitality

Committee Chairs Linda Morris and Maureen

Escott and their committee members made this a

very special affair.

Service hour awards were presented to Ann

Boriskie, Molly Lanier, Kris Lorenz, Libby Garrett,

VOLUNTEER HOURS MILESTONE AWARDS

100 Hours: Helene DeLoach, Ken

Hornbuckle, Lisa McAdams, RoseAnn

Olson and Allison Pixley

250 Hours: Bruce Allen, Chris Corrow, Bryan

Durio, Kelly Holder, Maura McCurdy, Mark

Pace, Jonathan Stammers, Pamela Tyndall

and Eric Wischhusen

500 Hours: Ellen Campbell, Fred Roberts

and Wes Varda

1,000 Hours: Tom Leahy, Ted Medlock,

Zach Wilson and Doug Worful

1,500 Hours: Fred Black, Ron Brody and

Barry Phillips

2,000 Hours: Brian Lucas and Doyle Mote

3,000 Hours: Charles Craig

7,500 Hours: Queen Noreiga

Most Hours in the Fiscal Year: James Curtis

Shepherd Center Auxiliary Donates $184,300

for Patient Programs

BY MIDGE TRACY

Shepherd’s success. James Curtis was recognized

for giving the most hours in a fiscal year.

Barbara McArdle, Chuck Nicolayson, Valerie

Sikes, Stephen Goot, Mitzi Richardson, Steve

Lore and Lois Puckett. James Curtis added an

additional 1,250 hours last year to take his total

volunteer hours to 6,500.

Former Shepherd Center patient Claudette

Hulme of Gallatin, Tenn., spoke about her

experience as a patient. She said she’d never

been in a hospital where the patients were

given so much hope and had so much fun at

the same time.

The Peggy Schwall Spirit of Excellence Award

was presented to Marla Bennett for her dedication

and exceptional support of the Auxiliary for the past

seven years. Emory Schwall received honorary life

board membership for his outstanding support of

the Pecans on Peachtree fundraiser.

The luncheon concluded with the installation

of the Auxiliary Officers for 2013-2014. They

are: Heather Flint, president; Carol Adams,

president-elect; Lynne Elander, treasurer; Lisa

Hardymon, recording secretary; and Marla Bennett,

corresponding secretary.

VOLUNTEER DINNER PHOTOS BY LYNNE ELANDER AND DEAN MELCHER | AUXILIARY LUNCHEON PHOTO BY ALEX SEBLATNIGG

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Angel Luncheon 2013 Honors Shepherd Center Supporters

BY KATE BARNES

At the Shepherd Center Foundation’s

Angel Luncheon on May 15, more than

300 donors and volunteer fundraisers

were honored for their generosity and

dedication to Shepherd’s patients and

families. This special event is Shepherd

Center’s opportunity to acknowledge

and thank the faithful donors whose gifts

fund programs like recreation therapy,

the SHARE Military Initiative, housing

and transportation, animal-assisted

therapy, assistive technology and

multiple sclerosis research, as well as

hospital construction and renovation.

Several previous recipients of the

Angel of the Year award joined in this

year’s celebration. Attending were:

Beth Holder, Betty Hulse, Jennings

Watkins, Ruth Anthony, Lois Puckett,

Emory Schwall, Claire Smith and

Carol Goodman.

The Angel Luncheon also served

as an opportunity to recognize and

honor generous donors and supporters

from the past year. This year, Shepherd

Center honored lifelong friend Eula

Carlos as the 2013 Angel of the Year.

Eula is a Life Member of the Auxiliary,

first joining in 1986. Through the years,

she, along with the entire Carlos family,

has been instrumental in developing

the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis

Institute and the Andrew C. Carlos

Multiple Sclerosis Research Endowment

Fund. In 2007, the Eula and Andrew C.

Carlos Endowed Chair in MS Research

was created to offer permanent financial

support to underwrite MS research

centered on improving diagnoses and

treatment options for people living with

MS. Eula and her family hope to make a

significant impact in the quality of life of

people living with MS and, one day, help

find a cure for the condition.

As a special tribute to Shepherd

Center’s newly renovated MS Institute, a

ribbon-cutting ceremony was held just

before the Angel Luncheon recognizing

the generosity and contributions that

Eula Carlos and her entire family have

shared with Shepherd Center through

the years. The ribbon-cutting served as

a formal re-opening of the MS Institute’s

recent expansion. It was also the perfect

opportunity for the Carlos family to

gather, celebrate and honor Eula for her

tireless hard work.

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PHOTOS BY JIM FITTS

2

1. Shepherd Angel of The Year, Eula Carlos, right,

with her daughter Helen Carlos. Attending the Angel

Luncheon were: 2. John Carlos, William Caras, Ron

Hilliard, Jimmy Carlos. 3. Beth Holder, Jimmy Carlos

and Helen S. Carlos. 4. Suzanne Dansby, Juli Owens

and Cyndae Arrendale

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The Legendary Party 2013

Shepherd Center’s 25th anniversary of The Legendary Party

will present “The Future Is Now” to showcase assistive

therapy advances.

Chair-elect Cecilia Wright,

Honorees Sally and McKee

Nunnally, and Chairman

Karen Spiegel with Frosty,

one of Shepherd Center’s

therapy dogs.

Plans are developing for The Legendary

Party 2013, themed “The Future Is

Now,” which will showcase remarkable

advances in assistive technology in use

at Shepherd Center.

“Imagine the freedom provided by

voice-and-eye command computer

software that allows patients to activate

any electrical device — from door

openers and appliances to lights and

call systems in their homes or offices,”

says Party Chairman Karen Speigel,

who is amazed at the technologies

and developed the event’s theme to

highlight these advances. “Adaptive

driving systems, including joystick and

touchpad controls, enable independent

transportation. Greater mobility through

wheelchair innovations enhances quality

of life.”

The 25th annual Legendary Party,

scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Ritz-Carlton,

Buckhead, will welcome two special

guests. “Two special, four-footed guests,

Frosty and Bentley, will be present at

the ball, showing off the new Animal

Assisted Therapy programs that they

have been specially trained to do,”

Karen says. “These two, highly intelligent

blonde labs bring joy to patients, handle

household tasks and respond to 40

verbal commands. They will, of course,

be wearing special Shepherd black ties!”

The Legendary Party committee

chairmen and members, along with

Shepherd Center co-founders James,

Alana and Harold Shepherd and Medical

Director Donald Leslie, M.D. — named

recently to U.S. News & World Report

magazine’s Top Doctors — gathered

in Feburary at a kickoff luncheon at

the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Karen

and Chairman-elect Cecilia Wright

greeted more than 70 guests, including

Sally and McKee Nunnally, the 2013

event’s Honorary Chairmen. Their

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Party in the

Park Planned

for November

dedication to Shepherd Center has

been constant, with Sally active on the

Board of Directors for more than 20

years and McKee recently assuming

the chairmanship of the Shepherd

Center Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Together, they are members of the

Shepherd Center’s Benefactors Society

and Bridge Builders Society.

Funds raised at this year’s gala will

support Shepherd Center’s Assistive

Technology Program, which is fully

donor-funded, adding to the significance

of supporting it through the ball.

THE LEGENDARY PARTY 2013 COMMITTEE MEMBERS

For more information or to buy tickets

visit www.TheLegendaryParty.com

or contact Florina Newcomb at

florina_newcomb@shepherd.org or

call 404-350-7302.

Patron Chairmen:

Gayle and Jimmy Alston, Jack Sawyer and William Torres, M.D.

Patron Party Chairmen:

Kay Quigley and Sally Dorsey

Ladies and Gentlemen’s Committee Chairmen:

Cecilia and Allen Wright

Host Committee Chairmen:

Elizabeth and Carl Allen, Ruth and Tom Anthony, Susan Tucker, and Cindy

and Bill Voyles

Fundraising Committee Members:

Cyndae Arrendale, Suzanne Dansby, Howard Feinsand, Bob Hagemeyer,

Della Hopkins, Donald Leslie, M.D., Doug Lindauer, Steve Lore, Faye and Lewis

Manderson, Debbie Neese, Mary Norwood, McKee Nunnally, Emory Schwall,

John Spiegel, Carol and Ramon Tomé and Valery Voyles

Committee-at-Large:

Carol Abreu, Terri and John Alston, Jane and David Apple, Lynn Caldwell-Shearer,

Eula Carlos, Elaine Carlos, Beth Cary, Peggy Clinkscales, Jeannie Cooper,

Sherri and Jesse Crawford, Faye Donaldson, Eileen DuBose, Ellen Feinsand,

Lisa Fuller, Angie Garde, Darlene Garr, Carol Goodman, Debbie Goot, Lynn-

Anne Huck, Lou Brown Jewell, Barbara Joiner, Jessica Jones, Jennifer Kahn,

Kane Katz, Molly Lanier, Jayne Lipman, Debbie and Tommy Malone, Beverly

Mitchell, Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, M.D., Linda Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Juli Owens,

Rob Owen, Don Perry, Debby Pirrung, Mary Portman, Libby Prickett, Jenny

Pruitt, Lois Puckett, Kelly Regal, Georgia Ritchie, Vickie Scaljon, Laura Seydel,

Becca Shepherd, Alana and Harold Shepherd, James and Linda Shepherd,

Dana Shepherd, Scott Sikes, Mary Ann and Dell Sikes, Jane Skinner, Brenda

Smith, Claire Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Stephanie Davis Smith, Carol Thompson,

Sally Tomlinson, Gary and Jane Ulicny, Cindy Wall, June Weitnauer, Susan

White, Charity Whitney and Ann Woodruff

Favors Chairmen:

Caroline Leake and Debbie Neese

BY FLORINA NEWCOMB

This fall, it will be time for Junior

Committee and Shepherd Center

Society members and their guests to

dress up for a night on the town. The

second annual Party In The Park, a

cocktail evening for both young adult

groups and their friends, is scheduled

for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Chastain

Horse Park.

Last year, more than 200 guests

put on their best attire to celebrate

the start of the holiday season, and

this year is expected to be just as

festive. Guests will enjoy a cocktail

buffet, open bar, casino games and

live music.

Tickets for 2013 Junior Committee

and Shepherd Center Society

members are $70 for individuals

and $125 for couples. Non-member

tickets are $80 for individuals and

$150 for couples. Tickets and

information will be available in October

2013 at www.derbyday.com and

www.scs-atl.com.

Guests enjoy Party in the Park 2012.

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h

HONORARIUMS

Honorees are listed first in bold print followed by the

names of those making gifts in their honor. This list reflects

gifts made to Shepherd Center between Jan. 1, 2013 and

April 30, 2013.

Patty and Shaler Alias on the Birth

of Hendee Hayes Alias

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shepherd III

Evelyn and Bob Allen

Dr. and Mrs. Garrett W. Thornton, Jr.

Todd, Stacey and Tucker Anderson

Mr. Arthur M. Blank

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Neher

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Reeves

Emily and Brandon Ansley

on the Birth of Brandon Palmer

Ansley, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shepherd III

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Freedland

Mr. and Mrs. Wilton D. Looney

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.’s Birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Dell B. Sikes

Mr. and Mrs. John Stephenson

Cyndae A. Arrendale

Fieldale Farms Corp.

Darlene S. Bambrough’s Birthday

Ms. Anna L. Johnson

Noah Barbknecht

Mr. and Mrs. Jason W. Barbknecht

Julia Barrett’s Continued Recovery

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barrett

C. Duncan Beard

Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Vance

Jake Berryhill

Woodward Academy High School

Student Body

Beyond Therapy ® Staff and

Therapists — Franklin, Tenn.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Coats, Jr.

Dr. Gerald S. Bilsky

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Andre

Dr. Gerald Bilsky — 15 years

of service

Mr. and Mrs. David P. White

Donna D. Boldt

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deeks

Christopher Boshar

Ms. Lori H. Duchesne

Hannah Boulware’s Recovery

Ms. Peggy H. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Wolff

Emily Bowman

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Yeargin

Margo Brazones

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Hickey, Jr.

Brian S. “BB” Brown for his

contributions to Shepherd

Center over the years!

Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Lane

Dylan Brown

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Watson

Edith Carmichael —

“Congratulations on the

Daisy Award.”

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

George Carros

Mr. John L. Taylor

Marcus Chapman

CentraArchy Restaurants

Fran Christian

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Miller, Jr.

Erin M. Cobb

Ms. Lillian R. Shirley

Alla Gershon and

Dr. Paul Colon’s Wedding

Mr. Emory A. Schwall

Carol M. Curtis — “Thank you”

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wells III

James A. Curtis

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wells III

Gail DeAngelo

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. DeAngelo

Erin E. Dichiara

Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Prokesch

Maryann DuBose

Ms. Carolyn D. Griggs

Courtney K. Dye

Mrs. Suzanne Elizabeth Dansby

Mayra Elias

Mr. Javier Perez

Scott Elliott

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald H. Elliott

Mandy Finger

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Toler

Alec Fraser

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Barge

William C. Gray

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Bayne

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Green

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon C. Whitman

Dr. John Griffin — “Many thanks”

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Lawrence G. Hailey’s Recovery

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smith

Caroline Harrell

Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Hemingway

Kimberly S. Harrison

Mr. Daniel J. Chase

Caroline G. Hazel

Ms. Evelyn G. Crosby

Caroline Hazel — Raleigh’s Run

Mr. John D. Barth

Mrs. Donna Herrity

Mr. and Mrs. James Lebow

Lynn Hilliard

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Van Helden

E. Russell Holladay

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Elizabeth R. Holt

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Hunter II

Keeton Humphries’ First Birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Worrell

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Jennings

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon C. Whitman

Susan K. Johnson

The Community Foundation for

Greater Atlanta

Greg Jones

Mr. Alexander D. Volk

Michael L. Jones’ 60th Birthday

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Tim Keel

Mr. Dwayne I. Gray

Parker S. King

Mr. Wilson C. King

Mary K. Kitchens

Mrs. Roy A. Martin

Nathan B. Klein

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. Klein

Mrs. Carol Klein and Mr. Michael Larter

Ms. Terri R. Klein and Mr. Daniel I. Gup

Deborah Krotenberg

Dr. and Mrs. Stanley E. Bogaty

Deborah G. Krotenberg’s

40th Birthday

Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon H.

Feldman, M.D.

Joan Hope and René Latiolais

Mr. and Mrs. Mason H. Lampton

Dr. Doris Lee — “Thanks for

your help.”

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Terry E. Lee

Ms. Joyce L. Harley

Gary Jeffords, DMD, PA

Stacey Leebern

Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Leebern III

Coleman Lindsay

Theresa Lina

Gladys G. Lippincott

Ms. Virginia Lippincott

Virginia Lippincott

Kimiyo Tsuruzoe

Mr. and Mrs. Jun Ueda

Ms. Michiko Yamanoi

Joseph Lopez’s Recovery

Ms. Eugenia Quiroga-Lassepas

Brian A. Lucas —

“Congratulations on your WXIA

Community Service Award.”

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Goot

Thomas W. Malone

Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Ruis

Mr. Robert S. Windholz

Michael D. Marchand

Ms. Barbara Richardson

Bernice K. Mazo’s Birthday

Judge Phyllis Kravitch

Shari McDowell — For Getting

her Doctorate Degree

Mrs. Carolyn McDowell

Patty McGill’s 70th Birthday

Ms. Ann T. Pratt

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wood

Bill McKeand

Mr. Charles Whittington

Matthew Morrison

Mrs. Jeanette M. Lombardi

Melinda Morrison’s Recovery

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenberg

Bob Mortley

Dr. and Mrs. Garrett W. Thornton, Jr.

Dr. Herndon Murray

Mrs. Anne S. Florance

George Anne Nash

Ms. Callie Majors

Sally and McKee Nunnally

Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Nalley III

Amanda Parks’ Recovery

Mr. L. Keith Parks

Sonya Pepper

Mr. and Mrs. John Knight

Barry Phillips, Jr.’s Volunteer Work

Mrs. Mary G. Phillips

Bill Posey

Dr. and Mrs. Garrett W. Thornton, Jr.

Corey Potts’ 29th Birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maguigan

James E. Prickett

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Callahan

PT Assistants in the Third Floor

Locomotor Program

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Phillips, Jr.

Toby Regal

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mattingly

Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Plant

Mr. and Mrs. Reid M. Zeising

Cody Reyes

Mr. Ronald R. Reyes

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Jamie Reynolds III

Mrs. Carolyn R. Parker

Tyler Rollison

Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Young

Cara and Jon Roxland’s Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Worrell

Jon Roxland

The Community Foundation for

Greater Atlanta

Lisa A. Ruger’s Birthday

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Dwayne Sanders’ Recovery

Mr. and Mrs. Barrett F. Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Sapp

and Family

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brown

Emory A. Schwall’s Birthday

Mrs. Charles H. Peterson

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smith

Alex Seblatnigg — “Congratulations

on your promotion.”

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Steven T. Shaw

Mrs. Barbara B. Martin

Alana Shepherd

Mr. Herbert Cohen

Shepherd Center Staff

Ms. Maryann DuBose

Mr. and Mrs. James K. Walton

Shepherd Center — “Thank you

and God bless.”

Mr. David W. Herrington, Jr.

Shepherd Center ABI and

Everyone who Participated in

the Care of Michael Sumrall

Mr. Richard M. Sumrall

Shepherd Center Foundation Staff

Ms. Marnite B. Calder

Shepherd Center Recreation

Therapy Department

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Harold Shepherd’s Birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Dell B. Sikes

Stephen B. Shepherd’s Friendship

Mr. John T. Bohlaye

Judge Marvin H. Shoob’s Birthday

Dr. and Mrs. Alan L. Kaplan

Dr. Arthur J. Simon

Ms. Patsy J. Whitcomb

Marty Spiegelman

Dr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Beeber

Michael W. Stephens

Mr. and Mrs. George J. Hauptfuhrer III

Mike and Linda Stephens

Mr. and Mrs. Skip Foley

Kathleen Strauser —

“Congratulations on the

Daisy Award.”

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Johnathan “JT” Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Ronny L. Cone

Catherine Thurmond

Ms. Barbara E. Bishop

J. Tyler “Ty” Tippett

Buckhead Rotary Foundation, Inc.

Jack Trottier

Ms. Kelsey VanNostrand

Willie Tucker

Ms. Sherneda M. Tucker

Wesley A. Varda

Mr. M. Bruce Chadwick

Dr. and Mrs. William David

Varner, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Mason H. Lampton

Jordan Weise

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. DiCarlo

Isreal Wilen

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Wilen

Elizabeth W. Willis

Mr. and Ms. Robert Jones

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Beringer

Jane Woodruff

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. D’Huyvetter

Sam Zaitlin’s Recovery

Ms. Mollie Peddar

The Shepherd Stealers wheelchair basketball team played in

an exhibition game at Reese’s Final Four Atlanta pre-NCAA

tournament events at the Georgia Dome on April 5.

PHOTOS BY LOUIE FAVORITE

Thomas Sloope’s Recovery

Mrs. Sarah Pilkington

Irene Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Lee P. Hopkins

Bradley and Richard Sosebee

on the Birth of Hamilton

James Sosebee

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shepherd III

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m MEMORIALS

Deceased friends of Shepherd Center are listed first in bold

print followed by the names of those making gifts in their

memory. This list reflects gifts made to Shepherd Center

between Jan. 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013.

Karl Anschutz’s Birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Werner Anschutz

Laura and Karl Anschutz

Ms. Esther L. Abisamra

Ms. Hope Abisamra

Albert Assa

Mr. and Mrs. Victor L. Cohen

William B. Astrop

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Betty Aycock

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hatcher

Ms. Marilyn McQueen Webb

Carolyn B. Balog

Dr. David F. Apple, Jr.

Arthur S. Benton

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Miller

Thomas V. Bockman

Ms. Dorothy G. Evans

Harriet O. Boger

Mr. and Mrs. Griffin B. Bell, Jr.

Suzanne Bond

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Harllee Branch, Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth L. Branch

Margaret Ann Bratton

Mr. and Mrs. David Wilder

Richard R. Brazones

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Hickey, Jr.

A. Worley Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Tom O. Jewell

Wayne Aiken Burdell

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Aldredge

Jeffrey Tyler “Tyrannosaurus”

Cannon

Ms. Margaret H. Brassard

Dana Carr

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Carr

Mary Louise Carter

Dr. and Mrs. Carter Smith, Jr.

Nellie and Paul Cloys

Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Howard

Jean W. Cobb

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Joel “Most” Cohen

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Jacobson

Dr. William Collins

Dr. and Mrs. David F. Apple, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John I. Bell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Joseph Connolly

Mr. Donald M. Sullivan

Deaver Cook

Mr. and Mrs. John I. Bell, Jr.

Rodney M. Cook

Mr. and Mrs. Brian S. Brown

Manuel Cuevas

Mrs. Patricia Farley

Blondine Dean

Mr. and Mrs. Bill L. Garrett

Donald Diamond

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Jacobson

George Kelly Dixon

Ms. Hope Hawkins

Mr. and Mrs. David W. Merier

Nancy Dodgson

Mrs. Martha T. Haymaker

Thomas Peter Doremus, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William Lippincott

Tom Duggan — On the second

anniversary of his passing

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Reynolds

Fred Eisenberg

Mrs. Edna B. Eisenberg

Katharine Evans

Ms. Dorothy G. Evans

Mrs. William E. Grabbe

Leonard L. Evans, Jr.

Mr. Charles R. Nicolaysen

Joseph Evitts, Jr.

Mr. John P. Bradbury III

Michael Falck

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Arogeti

Virginia S. Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Hall

David Funk

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Funk

Peter G. Gantsoudes

Ms. April N. Walstad

Uncle Gerald

Ms. Heidi Stuart

Mrs. Wilma Toomey

Senator Hugh M. Gillis

Atlantic South Bank

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Clardy, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl M. Cowart

Mrs. Kate Felton

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hawkins

Ms. Dorothy F. Mcgill

Mr. and Mrs. James F. Nelson, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Palmer

Mrs. Charles H. Peterson

James P. “Jimmie” Glick

Ms. Carol S. Schwartz

Allene Massey Goldsmith

Mrs. Robert J. Howard

Pauline Constance Gooch

Mr. and Mrs. David Courington

Richard “Dick” Gosch

Ms. Deborah L. Murphy

Participants at Shepherd Center’s

annual Adventure Skills Workshop

participate in zip-lining, adapted

skiing, pool and wheelchair rugby.

PHOTOS BY SABRINA EVANS

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Lois B. Gourdin

Mrs. Sadie Jackson

Richard J. Manley

Ms. Carole E. Manley

Frank Bradbury Halter

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William Lippincott

Lynda Kay Brown Handley

Mr. and Mrs. Kirkwood M. Callahan

Mr. Lewis Casanave

Patty Benton Matthews

Mrs. Frank C. Bowen, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Cowart

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Gary D. May

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Peggy D. Hayes

Ms. Joanne Hayes

Wilson McClure

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenberg

Bert “Bud” Hene, Jr.

Mrs. Bert Hene

Evan Hill

Dr. and Mrs. Giles Damron

Steven Gregory Hobson

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Black III

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Cole

Robert Bowden, Inc.

Jane Hollis

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. M. Lamar Oglesby

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smith

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Frank W. “Billy” Hulse IV

Mr. Charles Brownlee

Mrs. Lucy T. Inman

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Juliano

Mr. and Mrs. J. Hunter Lapelle

Ms. Sherry G. Popwell

Mr. Charles R. Simons, Jr.

William H. Izlar, Jr.

Mrs. William B. George

Cookie Jacobs

Mrs. Sam Arogeti

Tina M. Johnson

Ms. Cathy A. Bird

Wilma P. Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Z. Kay

Peter Kaszonyi

Ms. Mary Kay Kaszonyi

John C. Kranyecz, Jr.

Ms. Michelle Stulack

Sam L. Large

Mrs. Barbara Barton

Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Diaz

Ms. Wendy L. Grant

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pressler

Mrs. June Pressler

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Mr. Charles Williams

Ruth D. McDonald

Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu

Apple Retail Store

Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Bray

Ms. Raye H. Coplin

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Cowart

Ms. Cheryl B. Espy

Mr. and Ms. Edward T. Floyd

Mrs. Milford B. Hatcher, Jr.

Mr. Robert H. Hogg III

Mrs. Leslie D. McLeod

Mr. Dean Melcher

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Miller

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Montag

Mount Paran Woods Garden Club

Dr. and Mrs. David S. Owens

Mr. John R. Seydel

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Mr. and Mrs. Dell B. Sikes

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Smith

Kelly Nawrocki

Mr. and Mrs. Marc L. Pendley

Ms. Sheila Sanderson

Ms. Ruth I. Sowell

Stage Road Barber Shop

Mr. Samuel H. Tinkler

Mrs. Valery Voyles

Ms. Carolyn J. Wilson

Albert Miller

Ms. Myrna R. Hamilton

Caroline Quin Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Mitchell, Jr.

Ruth and Roy Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Mitchell, Jr.

Sidney D. Mizell

Mrs. William Cromer

Frank M. Monger

Mr. Charles A. Johnston

Mark Rosenberg’s Mother

Mr. and Mrs. Max Diamond

Eugene Murphy

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Back

Ralph A. Murphy

Mrs. Ralph A. Murphy

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1. Norah Wagoner and Mary Gilbreath

Pope enjoy cold watermelon on a hot

day. 2. Peach Corps volunteers Chase,

Tase, Alex and Peter Karamanolis get

ready for the crowd at Spring Fling.

3. Kathi Goddard, Sara Kate Hill and

Holly Hill make volunteering with

the Peach Corps a family affair. 4.

Dean and Gemma Mellon and “clown

around” at the Peach Corps cookout.

Philip Launer

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenberg

Alfred I. Leo, Sr.

Mrs. Casmira W. Leo

John R. “Rick” Leone III

Mr. Kenneth M. Sarkis

Pen Lybrook

Ms. Phyllis Brooks

Raymond C. Macaloney

Ms. Carol Cooney

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Winkle

Kevin Patrick O’Brien

Ms. Jacquelyn M. Downing

Matthew Olsen

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Aldredge

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Cowart

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Karen Allen Osborne

Mr. and Mrs. Wilton G. Smith

Stephen Knezo from the Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

(ESGR) present their Patriot Award to James Shepherd on behalf of Shepherd

Center’s work treating service members through the SHARE Military Initiative.

James Shepherd was nominated for the award by Shepherd Center employee

Genna Hudgins.

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1. People lined up out the door for

Shepherd Center’s 2013 Spring

Fling. 2. Raffle Grand Prize winner

Guillermo Arce, right, celebrates with

Paralympian Rafael Ibarra. 3. SCI Peer

Support Spring Fling SCI Peer Support

Coordinator Minna Hong, center, visits

with Tulane University medical student

Woody Morgan and Masha Malikina,

a doctoral degree student at Georgia

State University and Masha’s friend.

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4. Volunteers from the Bank of North

Georgia staffed Casino Night 2013

at Shepherd Center for patients and

their families.5. Patients enjoy playing

craps as Shari McDowell, program

director of Shepherd Center’s SCI

Rehabilitation Program and volunteers

from the Bank of North Georgia explain

the rules.

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Frank C. “Cam” Owens III

Mr. and Mrs. J. Coleman Budd

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett L. Davis III

Mr. and Mrs. M. Lamar Oglesby

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Frances Wiley Parish

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Engle

Paul Piet

Ms. Marilyn Thieneman

William A. Pope

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Richard B. “Dick” Pretz

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Jim Pridgen

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Malcom

Jean and Langdon Quin

Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Mitchell, Jr.

Michael L. Rae, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond B. Couture, Jr.

Virginia “Ginny” Rather

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Mr. and Mrs. Irving M. Shlesinger

Mr. Spencer W. Smith, Sr.

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Julia M. Reddic

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Candace Taylor Costigan Reidy

Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins III

Danny Riels

LTC (R) Eugene G. Gatwood

Katrina Ripley

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Dawn Robinson

Mrs. R. B. Lippincott, Jr.

William E. “Bill” Robinson

Mr. and Mrs. Keith A. Reichenbach

Ruth Roenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Don Engleberg

Ronnie Rudd

Ms. Cheryl Chatham

Mr. and Mrs. Keith M. Parmer

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Williams

Herta Andreae Schartle

Mrs. Christina R. Freeman

William J. Schwab, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Schwab

John F. Sheehy

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick O. Reese

Charlotte Smith

Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins III

Robert Hardy Smith

Mrs. Frank C. Bowen, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Cowart

Mr. and Mrs. William Lippincott

Marie Phillips Smythe

Mr. and Mrs. William Lippincott

Earle Snell

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shepherd III

Keith D. Spivey

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenberg

Robert Stanfield

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Mildred Starr

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ulchak

Jon S. Stewart

Mr. Jeffrey T. Bickerton

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Dodson

Mr. John F. LaMarca

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Melcher

Rotary Club of Brookhaven

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Short

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary M. Wilson

Chris Stone

Mr. and Mrs. Lee D. Keller

Col. and Mrs. William H. Stubbs

Ms. Elizabeth L. Branch

Janet K. Sunshine

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

The Shepherd Center Auxiliary

Seymour Susman

Mr. and Mrs. Joel K. Isenber

Dorothy T. Swint

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hare, Jr.

Peter Paul Symanowski, Jr.

Bits & Bytes Farm

GA K9 NTC

New Covenant UMC

Ms. Sharon Rogers

Marian L. Taulman

Mrs. Mynel Yates DuBose

Randall “Shane” Thomas

Dr. and Mrs. Sam T. Drake

Glenn M. Thompson

Mrs. Lola M. Thompson

Clair H. Tift

Mr. and Mrs. J. Coleman Budd

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Caswell, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shepherd

Dora W. Voyles

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Brantley

Ed Voyles

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Brantley

Mrs. Leslie D. McLeod

Nicholas E. Wadley

Ms. Barbara A. Brown

David Glorgione

Mr. Ryan Michalski

Dr. Edward Warrick

Ms. Lark W. O’Neal

Charles H. Warwick III

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Michael Carson Waters

Mrs. and Mrs. Mario J. DeLaguardia

Dorothy E. Watkins

Mrs. Dorothy Tangren

Betty Lou Watson

Ms. Beverly P. Hamilton

David Webb

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Webb

Caleb Whitaker

Mrs. Joan Woodall

Eva Wilcox

Mr. Charles R. Nicolaysen

Jeremy “Tony” Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Jacobson

Jay Woodruff

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Autry

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Beringer

Mr. and Mrs. Pierre M. Kimball III

Mrs. Bright Owens

Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Saunders, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Kal Turkia

Ms. Elizabeth W. Willis

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Woodruff III

Mr. and Mrs. Miles Young

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Young

Milton H. “Jay” Woodside

Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Woodside, Jr.

Ida and Don Yancey

Mr. John A. Taylor

Edna L. Yarbrough

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Shepherd III

SPRING FLING PHOTOS BY JOE ANZIANO | CASINO NIGHT PHOTOS BY SABRINA EVANS

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Tournament

Benefits SHARE

Military Initiative

30th Annual Shepherd Center Cup

Set for October 7

The Rotary Club of Brookhaven

hosted its third annual “Service Above

Self Invitational” golf tournament to

benefit Shepherd Center’s SHARE

Military Initiative on May 13 in Atlanta.

In its first two years, the event

has raised more than $130,000, with

proceeds going directly to SHARE.

Magellan Health Services was the

headline sponsor for this year’s event

for the third consecutive year.

“Magellan Health Services was

proud to support the Rotary Club of

Brookhaven and the SHARE Military

Initiative,” says Gary M. Henschen,

M.D., Magellan’s chief medical officer

for behavioral health.

SHARE treats service members

who have sustained a mild to moderate

traumatic brain injury and PTSD from

the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.

“SHARE is offered free of charge

to service members through the

generous support of donors,” says

Alana Shepherd, Shepherd Center

co-founder. “The support the Rotary

Club of Brookhaven has shown helps

enable us to provide the care and

assistance our service members need

to return to an active lifestyle.”

For more information, visit

www.sasinvitational.org, or contact

Jon Roxland at 404-350-7314 or

jon_roxland@shepherd.org.

Planning is well under way for Shepherd

Center’s annual golf tournament, The

Shepherd Center Cup. This year’s outing

will be the 30th consecutive fundraising

golf tournament for Shepherd Center,

and it is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7,

at Cherokee Country Club in Atlanta.

Tournament Chairman Hunter Amos,

Chair-elect Street Nalley and the

tournament planning committee are

recruiting sponsors and golfers for the

outing and expect another sell-out year.

On Friday, Oct. 4, Shepherd Center

Foundation Trustee Elizabeth Allen and

her husband Carl will host the Tee-Off

Party in their lovely Buckhead home.

This casual-chic cocktail party features

live and silent auctions and is a vital part

of the tournament’s overall fundraising.

Sponsors, golfers and their guests will

be wined and dined as they bid on trips,

fine wines, sports memorabilia, jewelry,

home décor and much more. Nongolfers

are welcome to purchase tickets

to the Tee-Off Party.

Proceeds from the Shepherd Center

Cup will support the Shepherd Center

Foundation’s Annual Fund, which

helps offset the costs of many vital

patient care programs that are not

funded by insurance. These include

the Center’s patient family housing

program, vocational therapy, transitional

support for post-discharge follow-up

care, recreation therapy and many more.

For information about the tournament

and Tee-Off Party, please visit

www.ShepherdCenterCup.com,

or contact Cara Roxland at

cara_roxland@shepherd.org or

404-350-7778.

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SHEPHERD CENTER CUP CHAIRS,

PAST AND PRESENT

Shirley and John Shea (1984–1987)

Billi Marcus and Jim Groome (1988–1989)

Billi Marcus and Tommy Tillman (1990)

Billi Marcus and Jim Dockter (1991)

Billi Marcus and Julian Mohr (1992-2002)

Frank Spears (2003)

Gary Ulicny (2004)

David Flint (2005)

John Dryman (2006-2007)

Duncan Beard (2008)

Shaler Alias (2009)

John Rooker (2010-2011)

Hunter Amos (2012-2013)

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The Rotary Club of Brookhaven held its golf

tournament to benefit Shepherd Center’s SHARE

Military Initiative. Speaking at the event was

Lt. Col. Carl Bergmann from Fort Benning, Ga.

1. Shepherd Center Cup 2012 Chairman Hunter

Amos addresses golfers at last year’s tournament.

2. From the Shepherd Center archives, gathered

at the 2003 Billi Marcus Classic are, left to right,

Bob Brourman, the late Janice Mathia, Caryl Paller

and Billi Marcus. 3. Shepherd Advisory Board

member Joe Ferrell practices on the putting green

at the Shepherd Center Cup 2012 before tee-off.

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Top Athletes Compete in Atlanta’s Wheelchair Division of the

Peachtree Road Race

PHOTO BY LOUIE FAVORITE

Thousands of spectators turned out to watch this year’s

Wheelchair Division of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

The annual 10K race was held July 4 and drew 61 wheelchair

athletes from eight countries.

This year, Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s

open division with a first-place finishing time of 24:42.39. In the

men’s open, Josh Cassidy of Canada took the crown to win

with a finishing time of 21:12.86.

The 6.2-mile competition began on Lenox Road in the heart

of Buckhead, Atlanta’s shopping district, and followed Peachtree

Road for six miles before slicing through the heart of Midtown to

the finish line at 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The race is the

one of the largest and fastest wheelchair 10Ks in the country.

The top finishers in each division received peach-shaped

crystalline trophies and cash prizes presented following a postrace

brunch at Shepherd Center, which organizes the race.

Numerous Shepherd volunteers and staff members coordinated

race logistics, including reviewing applications, orchestrating the start and finish, monitoring the times and

overseeing the needs of the athletes.

Shepherd Center sponsored the event along with platinum sponsor Atlanta Track Club, gold sponsor BB&T,

silver sponsor MARTA, and donors InterContinental Buckhead Hotel and Global Flowers. Sponsors provided preand

post-race brunches, defrayed travel and lodging expenses for racers, and awarded cash prizes to winners.

For complete race results, see http://bit.ly/17XsJfF.

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