Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
2019 Victories of Spirit Celebration
A benefit evening for Sharp Rehabilitation Services.
The 29th annual Victories of Spirit celebration was held on April 26, 2019.
The event celebrates the power of rehabilitation and the potential of the human spirit. The evening honored four extraordinary individuals for their inspirational achievements and contributions to others. Proceeds from the evening support rehabilitation patients, programs and services.
Our 2019 recipients are Grant Affleck, Lupe Brents, Asoka Mendis and Antony Neri.
Victories of Spirit benefits Sharp Rehabilitation Services and its programs, including patient and family education and training, peer support and mentoring, Day on the Bay, Women on Wheels Support Group and adapted sports including wheelchair lacrosse, wheelchair tennis and the San Diego Sharp Wheelchair Rugby Team.
To learn more, read about our 2019 Eagle Spirit Award recipients below, or call 858-939-4668.
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2019 Eagle Spirit Award Recipients
On April 26, 2019, four individuals received the Eagle Spirit Award at the 2019 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.
Joan Grant Affleck
By age 44, Grant had severe degenerative arthritis. Although faced with multiple surgeries and chronic pain, he was committed to achieving his fullest potential. Grant learned alternative ways to manage his pain through the Sharp Rehabilitation Pain Program. He now volunteers at Sharp HospiceCare as a compassionate listener to patients, and demonstrates kindness and gratitude every day.
Lupe suffered a devastating stroke in 2016. During her time at Sharp Grossmont Rehabilitation Center, she worked hard to regain her mobility and speech — and never lost sight of her goal to be independent. Lupe found renewed purpose in life through peer mentoring and sharing her story with others. Her positive spirit motivates everyone she meets.
Professor Asoka Mendis
In 2011, Asoka was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Through medical treatment and the Sharp Cardiac Rehab Program, he improved his ability to exercise and stabilized the progression of his disease. He now advocates on behalf of the Cardiac Rehab Program and provides scholarships for cardiac patients. Asoka credits the program with stabilizing his heart disease so he can continue to enjoy travel, adventure and learning.
Antony sustained a spinal cord injury in 2010. At Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center, he demonstrated his ability to overcome adversity and conquer challenges. Today, Antony continues to share his positive outlook on life with others. He works as a lead facilitator with Project A.W.A.R.E., where he teaches life skills to at-risk youth, working with dozens of students each week.
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