For 20 years, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation has presented Courage Awards to individuals who display exceptional bravery and grace through the most difficult of circumstances.
2014 Jim Thorpe Courage Awards Gala
We are proud to announce this year’s winners: Billy Wynne, Matt Grice and E.H. Pittman.
Billy Wynne – February of last year, Paramedic Billy Wynne was the sole survivor of an EagleMed helicopter crash in Oklahoma City. Wynne suffered burns on 65 percent of his body; a broken ankle, leg, arm, ribs and a crushed spine and sternum. He underwent several surgeries and significant treatment for his injuries. Doctors made the tough decision to amputate his left leg and fingers. He now uses a cane to walk. After four months in hospital care out of state, Wynne was brought back to INTEGRIS just in time for the birth of his daughter just a floor above him. He is now home and continues to make remarkable progress.
Matt Grice – September of last year, Matt Grice, an Oklahoma City police officer, suffered a traumatic brain injury after being rear-ended by a moving vehicle going 65 mph while he was sitting at a stop light. Immediately following the accident, Grice underwent surgery for the bleeding in his brain and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors prepared his wife and family for the worst and the prognosis was grim. A former UFC fighter, Grice was not one to give up and he put that fighting spirit into his recovery. After being in a coma for more than a month, he awoke with little to no memory and was wheelchair bound. After months of therapy at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, Grice is now a walking and talking miracle. Although he still has some short-term memory issues, Grice continues to make remarkable strides in his recovery.
E.H. Pittman – E.H. Pittman, a soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade, had just returned from a year in Afghanistan when he went to work at the 7-Eleven in Moore. That evening, an EF5 tornado would come barreling down on the store where he was working and his life was changed forever. When the sirens sounded, Pittman rushed his co-workers and customers into the bathroom. He continued his heroic efforts by shielding those in most need – a young mom and her infant son. After the tornado had passed, Pittman was the first to be rescued. Upon being pulled from the rubble, he continued his efforts by telling rescuers where the others were located. Pittman had suffered critical injuries – severe wounds, fractured shoulder blades, collapsed lungs and a broken back. Although paralyzed, he continues to work toward his ultimate goal of walking again.
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation will honor these courageous individuals at the 2014 Courage Awards Gala.
DATE: Friday, Aug. 22
TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City
Come be a part of this inspirational night to raise funds in support of the extraordinary programs offered at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation. For more information about donations or sponsorships, please visit integrisgiving.org/courage or contact Sara Parcell at 405-365-9429.
Posted on Wed, July 30, 2014
by Jonathan McCoy