I can’t begin to tell you how outstanding she was. What really set the stage for her presentation was her video on her winning the Gold! You could hear a pin drop when she spoke. When her petite little frame stepped up to the podium, no one had any idea she was going to blow them away with her amazing story. She brought everyone to tears. So many of the doctors came up to me and said, “Sandy, do you remember when she did that vault? I remember it, and I remember praying for her to make it!” She touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.
With her struggles to win the Gold at the Olympics, she was being prepared to face other challenges in her life. God gave her the strength, courage, hope and love to face any adversity that would come her way in life. She shared her story so that those in the audience who thought she was just an “Olympic Champion” knew she was much more than that. She is the bright and shining star that has endured more than her share of pain and suffering. Her encouragement to others to stay healthy, eat healthy, and to exercise to stay fit is crucial, because we never know what the future holds for any of us. Her story of strength, courage, hope and never giving up, gave to each of us there the example and encouragement for each of us to follow. I still receive compliments on her presentation and for reaching out to her to speak to our physicians and their wives.
Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your evening with us. You are truly an amazing young lady!
-Sandy Deeba, CME Manager for the Oklahoma State Medical Association
Having Shannon as our keynote speaker drew great attention to our Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. As an Olympic star and an ovarian cancer survivor, she was a role model and inspiration to everyone.
- Frostburg Maryland Soroptimists
We were so excited to have Shannon Miller back in Oklahoma! Being the keynote speaker for our 17th Annual Oklahoma Turning Point conference, helped drive home our theme of “Going for the Gold in Health.” The great state of Oklahoma has many positives, but our overall health outcomes need to be greatly improved… She is a true testament of getting back up in difficult times when trying to accomplish a goal – big and small. We all felt inspired by reliving her Olympic experience and learning about her battling cancer. She is living proof that great things and good outcomes are possible in times of adversity. We were also humbly reminded the importance of taking care of ourselves so we can be our best to others. We feel having Shannon helped draw in this year’s record attendance and waiting list! Thanks, Shannon, for sharing your story and inspiring us to keep moving forward. We hope to see you back in Oklahoma soon!
- Jill Hazeldine, Director of Public Health Institute of Oklahoma & Oklahoma Turning Point Council committee member