Jim Thorpe Courage Award Gala

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Join us as we honor the bravery endured by individuals throughout their rehabilitation journey with an evening of dinner, dancing and drinks to benefit INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation.

2015 Courage Award Gala
August 22, 2015 / 6 p.m.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum


Meet the 2014 Courage Award Recipients


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.


National Winner, Gary Linfoot

A highly decorated soldier, Gary Linfoot was a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). During his 19th combat tour in Iraq, his helicopter had a mechanical failure and crashed. As a result of his injuries, he was instantly paralyzed below the waist. After just three months of rehabilitation, Gary returned to duty as the officer in charge of the Special Operations Aquatic Training Facility. Gary served as an attack helicopter pilot in the army for 23 years before medically retiring in 2010 as a Master Aviator.  Today Gary lives in Nashville, Tenn. with his wife Mari and is back on his feet with the help of the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton.


Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital is dedicated to not only rehabilitating the body, but the mind also. The journey of recovery does not end when patients exit Jim Thorpe - it is only the beginning.Your generosity provides philanthropic support to several of our critical programs: Aquatics, Music Therapy, Assistive Technology Center, Patient Care Specialty Equipment, Brain Injury Specialty Room, Brain Injury Support Groups, Patient Home Evaluation, Community Re-entry, Professional Specialty Rehabilitation Training, Horticulture Therapy, Spinal Cord Injury Support Groups, Limb Loss Support Group, Therapeutic Recreation Program & Mobility Center. Learn more how you can support Rehabilitation.

Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Courage Award Gala Sponsors

Courage Award Gala Presenter ($25,000)
The Chickasaw Nation

Courage Award Gala Champion ($15,000)

Courage Award Visionaries ($10,000)

Entertainer Underwriter ($10,000)

Platinum Sponsors ($7,500)

Gold Sponsors ($5,000)
TEAMHealth /

Centerpiece Underwriter ($4,500)

Auction Guide Underwriter ($4,000)

Parking and Valet Underwriter ($3,500)

Photography Underwriter ($3,500)

Silver Sponsors ($2,500)
Ackerman McQueen, Inc. / Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company / ProCure Proton Therapy Center / The First State Bank /

Bronze Sponsors ($1,000+)
Oklahoma Blood Institute / Black Tie Valet Parking Service / David and Martha Hadley / Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Carey /

For more information

Please contact Heather Haglund, Event Specialist, at
405.951.5054 or heather.haglund@integrisok.com.

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2014 Courage Award Gala

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