By Michaela Gibson Morris | NEMS Daily Journal
The Regional Rehabilitation Center will mark its 50 years with an evening that celebrates how far people with disabilities can push their lives.
The Celebration of Hope event will feature Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his disabled son Rick in more than 1,000 races around the globe.
Like Hoyt, Regional Rehab co-founder Nita Butler was inspired by the need to improve the life of someone with cerebral palsy. In her case, it was her brother Milton.
“His (Hoyt’s) drive and the love for his son reminds me of my grandmother and her brother,” said Kari Robison, Butler’s granddaughter. “She would have run a marathon if she thought it would have helped her brother.”
The proceeds from the event will go toward retiring the final $300,000 in debt the center incurred renovating its center.
The Miracles of Baddour Center, a singing group made up of special-needs adults, will provide the entertainment.
The event will begin at the BancorpSouth Arena at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets will be $25 for adults and $10 for students at the door. For more information, call (662) 842-1891.