'Central Park Jogger' testifies to power of rehab at Siskin event

'Central Park Jogger' testifies to power of rehab at Siskin event

February 13th, 2013 by Lindsay Burkholder in Local - Breaking News

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/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.