Madonna established the Chairman’s GOAL Awards in 1994 to honor patients for their outstanding courage and determination as they completed their rehabilitation, returned to their communities and gave back to others. The GOAL Award honorees represent the more than 5,000 patients Madonna serves annually.
Rehabilitation: The Journey to Recovery
When a serious illness or injury strikes, a person’s world gets off track. The daily path of working or going to school, family activities, hobbies and activities are replaced by a new road to recovery: Rehabilitation. The new direction includes speech, physical and occupational therapy; and possibly new medications, high technology devices, neuropsychological therapy and adaptive sports and recreational activities.
The GOAL Award recipients have pushed through hours, weeks, months and even years of extended, intense rehabilitation, which they say was the only way they were able to return to their passions.
Most importantly, they all took the fork in the road to blaze a new trail, accomplishing more with their lives than they may have if their lives had continued on without the detour. Under the most challenging of circumstances they forged ahead to success through rehabilitation.
The 2012 GOAL Award recipients are Briana Bartlett (Beckworth), Bretton Cole, Gary Hausmann and Bob Whtie.