2011 Courage Award

2011 Courage Award Recipients

Nicole Brown

In November 2008, 20-year-old Nicole Brown was involved in a car accident in which she sustained a severe brain injury resulting in significant physical and cognitive impairments. Initially, it was believed there was very little potential she would ever function with any level of independence. But during the past two plus years, Nicole has proved everyone wrong. She recovered from being in a coma, moved from bed restriction to a wheelchair, then to a walker. Today, Nicole still has limitations but can walk on her own with little supervision. As her body healed, so did her attitude. Nicole worked through an entire spectrum of emotions. She pushed through the anger to find inner peace. Nicole’s newfound joy is contagious. She is performing most daily activities with modified independence and is pursuing education and travel opportunities. Nicole is even planning a trip to Europe with a friend and is determined to carry her own backpack.

Mary Beth Davis

In August 2010, 20-year-old Mary Beth Davis had just started classes at Oklahoma State University. She was on her way home to Guthrie to visit her family when she was involved in a single car accident. She suffered a complete spinal cord injury leaving her permanently in a wheelchair. However, Mary Beth is a fighter and would not give up. She worked through the pain and grew a little stronger each and every day. She decided not to allow her injury to control or interrupt her life. She is back at school part time, with plans to enroll full time in the fall. Mary Beth views her situation as a learning experience and just a bump in the road. She aspires to be a veterinarian and is determined not to let her disability derail that dream.

Chad Peery

“Courage” has been described as the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. Chad Peery exemplifies the word, both in his profession as an Oklahoma City police officer and in his rehabilitation journey. Chad’s world changed forever on Feb. 15, 2011, when he was brutally beaten while trying to escort three men out of a bar. He was paralyzed from the neck down during the attack. His recovery hasn’t been easy, but he has handled every difficult situation with grace and dignity. When Chad gets frustrated, instead of giving up, he forces himself to work harder. The 34-year-old says his four children ages 3 to 11 are his inspiration.

“Chad has achieved remarkable functioning improvement since arriving at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation,” says Amal Moorad, M.D., medical director of Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation. “At the present time he is capable of upper body dressing, feeding himself, propelling his wheelchair, and other normal daily activities. He has made incredible progress so far with the hope of even further recovery to come as he continues his outpatient spinal cord rehabilitation at the Jim Thorpe outpatient facility.”



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