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Amputee and Disability Advocate Reggie Showers Named as Conferment Speaker
When Reggie Showers was involved in a tragic electrical accident at the age of 14 he had his legs amputated below the knees. But Showers didn’t let that stop him from realizing his childhood dream of becoming a world champion motorcycle racer.
Having faced tremendous challenges in his life, Showers has gone on to become a role model in the lives of youth all across America. An accomplished pilot, inspirational speaker, certified snowboard instructor and marathoner, Showers' accomplishments exemplify what the disabled can achieve when they are taught to believe in themselves despite the challenges that they face.
Showers will be the keynote speaker at USciences 8th Annual Conferment Ceremony on May 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Athletic/Recreation Center's Bobby Morgan arena as doctor of occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy students receive their bachelor's degrees.
He travels the country visiting hospitals, rehab centers, high schools and leadership conferences, sharing his amazing story with audiences, hoping to instill in their minds a "never-say-die" attitude.
In recent years Showers walked across the African Serengeti as part of a National Geographic Channel documentary called Mygrations.
In the Summer of 2017, Showers was part of ROMP, the Range Of Motion Project’s elite team of amputee & able bodied climbers that attempted to summit Cayambe, an 18000’stratovolcano in Ecuador as part of a fundraising effort that benefited amputees in third world countries. He came to USciences this winter as students participated in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activity to support ROMP by disassembling prosthetic limbs to allow parts to be donated to those in need.
Showers developed a unique fundraiser which raised over $20,000 that benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children. He has shared his inspirational story with our nation's wounded heroes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washingtonm D.C. and has taught members of the Wounded Warrior Project as well as survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing to snowboard.
Showers works for College Park Industries, a prosthetic foot manufacturer based in the Warren, Mich. area.
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