Eagle Spirit Award Recipients

On May 31, four individuals and one community organization received the Eagle Spirit Award at the 2013 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.

2013 Eagle Spirit Award Recipients

Mike Buxbaum

Mike Buxbaum
Mike was a drummer in an up-and-coming band just starting their first tour when their bus was hit by a truck. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him impaired both physically and cognitively. Through his positive attitude and love of music, Mike has made remarkable strides. He volunteers at an elementary school and counsels other brain-injured patients at Sharp Rehabilitation. Mike inspires everyone he meets — demonstrating kindness, gratitude, hope and appreciation for life. 

Johana Guzman

Johana Guzman
Johana was on her way home from the park with her three-year-old son when she was struck by a car. With hard work and determination during her physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions, Johana is now able to walk unassisted and fully participate in the activities she loves, including providing encouragement to others during difficult times. Johana credits the love of her family and the Sharp Rehabilitation staff for helping her regain function and return to a fulfilling life.

Anne Herman

Anne Herman
Anne has been a pioneer in overcoming the challenges faced by a person with a spinal cord injury. Becoming a quadriplegic her freshman year of college did not stop Anne's passion for living. In addition to her lifetime involvement in wheelchair sports, her persistence and determination helped Anne fulfill many of her childhood dreams, including becoming a licensed counselor, a wife and a mother. She also founded the Challenged Women's Support Group at Sharp Rehabilitation.

Zach Meno

Zach Meno
Zach was a well-educated man who was looking forward to the future when he unexpectedly suffered a stroke, leaving him paralyzed on his left side. With a positive attitude and unending determination, Zach worked hard to regain his mobility. He found a renewed purpose in life through peer mentoring and sharing his story with others.

SDSU Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities
The Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities is a community outreach program offered at San Diego State University (SDSU). The clinic assists clients with a wide range of physical disabilities to improve their strength, endurance, flexibility and overall health and wellness. It also serves as an educational experience for SDSU students in related majors. Under the direct guidance and supervision of faculty and staff, students work closely with clients to help them reach their fitness goals.

For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's rehabilitation services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician who can refer you to a physical therapist, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about rehabilitation, visit Rehabilitation in Adult Health or read the Rehabilitation News archive.