GOAL Awards

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 6,000 patients Madonna serves annually.

2016 GOAL Awards
Now You Can

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Cornhusker , A Marriott Hotel

To purchase tickets, please purchase online HERE.

Contessa Siders

Stroke Survivor | Sioux City, IA

Contessa “Tess”  Siders experienced a life-changing stroke on Sept. 25, 2014. With her radiant smile and positivity, the 33-year-old gradually reclaimed her mobility and her voice. Tess is a passionate advocate for stroke survivors and along with her husband, Aaron, created a support group in their community. Tess enjoys boating, horseback riding, volunteering and refuses to let the stroke define her. She lives by her creed: Don’t Mess With Tess!


James McGinnis

Brain Injury Survivor | Olathe, Kansas


James collapsed on a high school football field on Sept. 12, 2014, playing the game he loves.  His helmet collided with an opponent’s hip, causing a life-threatening brain bleed. James started from square one, tackling basic skills like swallowing, speaking and standing. Within eight months, the tough young athlete was walking. James continues to heal in local outpatient therapy while attending college. He is an inspiration for others recovering from traumatic brain injury.




Kallie Zitek

Pediatric Brain Injury Survivor | Seward, Nebraska


Kallie fought for her life after surviving a devastating car accident in 2009 that killed her father. Kallie, then two years old, sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Her mother, Niki, then 27-weeks-pregnant, escaped serious injury. Following surgery on her massively swelling brain, Kallie’s spirited determination shined as she relearned to walk, eat, and be a kid again. An active nine-year-old, Kallie loves dancing, playing softball, being a big sister and living life.




Rodney Guthmiller

Brain Injury Survivor | Lesterville, South Dakota


Rodney Guthmiller of Lesterville, South Dakota, is back on his feet after an on-the-job accident. Rodney, an over-the-road truck driver, was making a delivery 1,200 miles from his home when he fell, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Thanks to a quick emergency response, faith, family and friends along with his own determination and will, he’s grateful to be home and look back on his road to recovery.




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Lincoln, NE 68506
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