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Monday, March 4, 2019: Sonoma Speaker Series: In Conversation with Victoria Arlen

“Face it. Embrace it. Defy it. Conquer it!”  Victoria Arlen

In 2005, Victoria was 11 years old when she came down with two rare neurological disorders, Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.  She fought for her life for five years, including four years in a vegetative state where she was ‘locked’ within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. At times, she suffered seizures for more than 20 hours per day. She was paralyzed from the waist down for a decade, and against all odds, regained the ability to walk in 2016.

Despite her illness, Victoria never gave up her childhood dream of competing in the Olympic Games.  In June of 2010, she returned to the pool and started swimming again for the first time in over ten years.  She qualified for the 2012 London Paralympic Games and won a Gold Medal (setting a World Record) and three Silver Medals.

Not long after the Paralympics, Victoria became one of the youngest on-air hosts ever hired by ESPN. Today, she reports for numerous ESPN programs including XGames, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards, ESPN-W, Frozen Four, Special Olympics World Games and Sportscenter.

After emerging from four years in a vegetative state, Victoria remained confined to a wheelchair for ten years. Determined to walk, she began aggressive ‘activity-based paralysis recovery therapy’ at Project Walk-San Diego. Later, her family opened Project Walk-Boston, and there, after two years of therapy, she took her first unassisted step on a long and remarkable road to recovery.

One year later, Victoria was back!  In 2017, she competed on Dancing with the Stars for nine weeks and was eventually a semi-finalist. During the show, her incredible story was seen and heard by millions, including appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in People Magazine, and in hundreds of other media outlets across the country. 

Through her own heart-wrenching story, Victoria shares her breakthrough formula for overcoming even life’s darkest challenges. She talks about finding gratitude, alternative perspective, creating hope, and the power of unrelenting effort.  She shares her recipe for using the obstacles in life to create leverage for long-lasting, meaningful change through a story the audience will never forget.

If you are looking for INSPIRATION, look no further…

Monday, March 4th, 2019 from 7-8:30pm

Hanna Boys Center (17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476)