Eagle Spirit Award Recipients

On May 30, four individuals and one community organization received the Eagle Spirit Award at the 2014 Victories of Spirit Celebration. The award symbolizes the Eagle Spirit, a Navajo sign of the most potent healing power — one that elicits images of soaring, conquering and excelling. Victories of Spirit is a night that celebrates such triumphs and those who make them possible. Learn which programs benefited from the event.

2014 Eagle Spirit Award Recipients

Betty Cuadras

Betty Cuadras
In 2012, Betty was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which left her unable to move or even smile. Betty's perseverance to get stronger and return home with the highest level of independence helped her as she relearned activities of daily living, including speech, balance and mobility. She volunteers at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and will soon serve as a peer counselor for patients newly diagnosed with GBS. 

Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson
In 1997, Eric sustained a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. With hard work and fortitude, he demonstrated his ability to overcome challenges and rebuild his life. Following his injury, Eric returned to work at Qualcomm where he designs computer chips for cell phones. He volunteers for San Diego Youth and Community Services and raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Kirk Kennedy

Kirk Kennedy
Kirk was training for a triathlon on his bicycle when he was struck by a car. He was admitted to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for more than two months. With a positive attitude and endless determination, Kirk worked hard to regain his mobility and live independently. He found a renewed purpose in life through giving back to others. He inspires everyone he meets through his humor and "aloha" outlook on life.

Steve Muse

Steve Muse
Steve sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2004 that left him a quadriplegic. Although faced with adversity, he committed to living a full life. Through the therapies provided by Sharp Rehabilitation and the love and support of his family and friends, Steve returned to his passion for the outdoors. He volunteers with Challenged America and mentors other Sharp Rehabilitation patients, giving them encouragement to persevere.

Wheelchair Dancers Organization
Wheelchair Dancers Organization (WDO) is a nonprofit organization that provides dance instruction to adults and children in wheelchairs. Founded in 2008, WDO promotes the growth and development of wheelchair dancing. It also offers individuals the opportunity to engage in a fun and friendly activity that helps develop physical balance, flexibility, range of motion and coordination.

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