published Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

‘Central Park Jogger’ testifies to power of rehab at Siskin event

Trisha Meili "The Central Park Jogger" speaks during Siskin Hospital's 10th Anniversary Possibilities Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center today.
Trisha Meili "The Central Park Jogger" speaks during Siskin Hospital's 10th Anniversary Possibilities Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center today.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Trisha Meili, the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Siskin Hospital Possibilities Luncheon, is living proof of the power of rehabilitation.

Meili, known to the world as the “Central Park Jogger,” told the story of her attack 24 years ago, the severe injuries she suffered and her journey to rehabilitation. Meili’s injuries were so serious that doctors didn’t think she’d survive. And yet six and a half years later, she completed the New York City Marathon in four and a half hours.

“I felt so very proud of the hard work that had gotten me there,” she said. “The fact that I’m able to be with you here this afternoon is evidence that support is powerful.”

The event is Siskin’s biggest public fundraiser. Last year, the event raised more than $100,000 for the hospital.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s copy of the Times Free Press.

about Lindsay Burkholder...

Lindsay Burkholder is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. She graduated from Covenant College in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. While at Covenant she spent time writing for and editing the news section of the school newspaper, The Bagpipe. Burkholder also attended the World Journalism Institute in New York City in 2011.

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