This prestigious award is given by the NRH to individuals who have overcome severe physical adversity with inspirational strength and courage. Since 1986, the NRH has bestowed Victory Awards® upon former patients, celebrities, and politicians.
Kevin Pearce is a four-time Winter X-Games medalist and highly regarded snowboarder. After storming on to the snow sports scene at 18, Pearce rose through the ranks, winning the Silver Medal in the Superpipe at the 2009 Winter X Games before a concussion sustained in a practice run accident took him off the slopes. Pearce is undergoing intensive physical therapy and is determined to snowboard again, revealing the tenacity that got him this accolade. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Pearce is a National Down Syndrome Society Sports Ambassador.
This year, Kevin Pearce is joined by fellow honorees Robert David Hall, an actor on CSI: Las Vegas; Marquita Lister, internationally renowned opera singer; Mickey Gilley, a country music star; and Edward Eckenhoff, the founder of NRH. Each of these individuals has faced immense challenges and overcome them to continue to excel in their field.