October 26, 2017 Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation celebrated its 5th Annual Circle of Care Awards at AT&T Stadium, honoring employees who have exemplified compassion and excellence and patients who have demonstrated exceptional human spirit. In addition, the non-profit Neuro Fitness Foundation of Euless, which provides a low- or no-cost fitness facility for adults with disabilities caused by neurological issues or other life-challenging diseases or events, was selected as the Circle of Care Facility of the Year and was the recipient of all the proceeds from the dinner event.
Josh Pierce, 32, of Bedford, a Baylor patient and member of the NFF gym, was given the prestigious Human Spirit Award for his triumphs over leukemia and devastating physical problems. With the help of Baylor and the NFF gym, he has lost over 140 pounds, is attending college full time, plays on a wheelchair rugby team, and has his life back on track. The evening was a celebration of both organizations providing strengthening of bodies and minds through exercise, education and the excellent care of compassionate staff members.
Clockwise from left — Paul Howard, President of NFF; Shelby Lauderdale, NFF Fitness Director; Fabian Polo, President of Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation; Connie Stauffer and Thuy Layhew, NFF Board members, with Josh Pierce, Human Spirit Award recipient.