Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series
For the third year now, Luther College is hosting a luncheon and speaker series for all alumni, parents and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.
Thursday, December 19, 2013[Chris Norton '15]
Speaker: Chris Norton '15, Current Student, Luther College and Founder, SCI CAN Foundation
"Responses, Not Circumstances"
On October 16, 2010, playing for the Norse football team, Chris was severely injured while making a tackle on a kickoff, fracturing his C3-C4 vertebrae. After initially being told he had a 3% chance of ever regaining movement below the neck, Chris has defied the odds every step of the way, demonstrating a faith and determination to overcome that has inspired thousands.
Through faith, family, and friends - Chris has shown a CAN do attitude, never missing a day of therapy since the day of his injury and recently standing for over 10 minutes completely unassisted. Chris started the SCI CAN Foundation in the fall of 2012 to help other individuals going through a spinal cord injury.
The goal of the foundation is to help improve the quality of therapy for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neuromuscular deficiencies and to raise money to buy equipment that most local facilities cannot afford.
The RT 300 is an example of an essential piece of SCI equipment that individuals use to regain strength and mobility. There is only one of these machines for public use in the entire state of Iowa.
Also essential for SCI rehabilitation is the bioness hand stimulator. This item is also scarcely available at many rehab centers. The foundation hopes to acquire and place these items in local rehab facilities for the public to use at no cost.
The schedule includes a buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come and go as you need, but don't miss Chris's presentation at noon.
11:30 a.m. Luncheon Buffet Begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Event Ends
$15.00 per person, please register online by Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa
The dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are:
Friday, September 13, 2013 -- David L. Tiede, Interim President
Thursday, December 19, 2013 -- Chris Norton '15, SCI CAN Foundation
Friday, February 7, 2014 -- Kenneth M. Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- TBD
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93