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OR Excellence Session Previews - June 2015

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J U N E 2 0 1 5 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 3 3 K evin Reilly was on top of the world in his 20s: an NFL player for his boyhood team, 3 young children, a sky's-the-limit future. But his NFL career was cut short and his life forever changed in 1975 when he was diagnosed with a rare scar-tissue tumor (desmoid tumor, also known as "aggressive fibromatosis"). To halt the spread of can- cer, Kevin's left arm and a large portion of his shoul- der were amputated, along with 5 ribs. It's called a forequarter amputation, and it sunk him into a deep depression. Kevin shook off the negative thoughts and went on to do things that make you marvel at the strength of the human spirit when confronted with a life-altering challenge. Kevin uses his own life as a les- son on how all of us can prevail from bad luck, adver- sity and pain to find the very best in ourselves. • Overcoming loss. Keep in mind I wasn't the average guy on the street. I fell really far from being a profes- sional athlete who was really proud of my body and being in shape to now missing most of the left side of my body. Speaker Profile • Former NFL player who had a career-ending amputation when he was 25. • Motivational speaker (kreilly.com) • Uses his own life as a lesson on how all of us can prevail from bad luck, adversity and pain to find the very best in ourselves. Kevin Reilly The Human Spirit Is Stronger Than Anything That Can Happen to It A former NFL player who lost his arm to cancer gained something in return: a unique understanding of what it takes to fight back and win.

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