I want it all back

Senator Mark Kirk
2015-01-20 06:51:06
Mark Kirk U.S. Senator for Illinois *My Guest For The State Of The Union* [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/jacksoncover.jpg] Dear unity, Every year I have the opportunity to invite one guest to the State of the Union. This year, I invited a 12-year-old boy named Jackson Cunningham because he's my personal hero. *"I want it all back."* [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/jackson-hospital.jpeg] It all started with a basketball game at Jackson's school. He was going to spend the day at his grandparents afterwards. While playing outside he didn't feel well. He went inside and got sick. He lost control of his left side and was taken to the hospital. Tests were run with no results. Jackson's pediatrician came to the hospital and immediately had him moved to another hospital. There the life altering news was delivered - Jackson had a stroke. Half of Jackson's skull was removed during surgery, but he was undeterred. A doctor asked Jackson what he wanted to get out of therapy. His answer was "I want it all back." A year later, I suffered a stroke. I began rehab just as Jackson had - determined to make a full recovery. That's when I received a letter from Jackson: *"Do not give up on yourself. All the hard work is worth it."* [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/jackson-dog.jpeg]Jackson's advice inspired me to work even harder and its one of the reasons I'm at the State of the Union today. Now 12, Jackson's rehab has paid off also. I am inspired daily by his perseverance. Each step he takes is a reminder of the everyday heroes I am fighting for in Washington. I am honored to have Jackson join me at the State of the Union and for the opportunity to share his amazing story. Please take a few moments to learn more about Jackson and to share his inspiring message with friends: � *LEARN MORE ABOUT JACKSON* [link 1] [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/shareontwitter.png] [link 2] [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/shareonfacebook.png] [link 3] To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website [link 4]. For real-time updates, please join me on social media: [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/facebook.gif] [link 5]� [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/twitter.gif] [link 6]� [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/instagram.gif] [link 7]� [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/youtube.gif] [link 8]� [image = kirk.senate.gov/images/newsletter/tumblr.png] [link 9] It is an honor to represent you in the Senate. Very Truly Yours, [image = kirk.enews.senate.gov/images/kirksigNoBg.png] Mark Kirk United States Senator
January 20, 2015


My Guest For The State Of The Union

Dear unity,

Every year I have the opportunity to invite one guest to the State of the Union. This year, I invited a 12-year-old boy named Jackson Cunningham because he's my personal hero.


"I want it all back."

It all started with a basketball game at Jackson's school. He was going to spend the day at his grandparents afterwards. While playing outside he didn't feel well. He went inside and got sick. He lost control of his left side and was taken to the hospital. Tests were run with no results. Jackson's pediatrician came to the hospital and immediately had him moved to another hospital. There the life altering news was delivered - Jackson had a stroke.

Half of Jackson's skull was removed during surgery, but he was undeterred. A doctor asked Jackson what he wanted to get out of therapy. His answer was "I want it all back."

A year later, I suffered a stroke. I began rehab just as Jackson had - determined to make a full recovery. That's when I received a letter from Jackson:


"Do not give up on yourself. All the hard work is worth it."

Jackson's advice inspired me to work even harder and its one of the reasons I'm at the State of the Union today. Now 12, Jackson's rehab has paid off also. I am inspired daily by his perseverance. Each step he takes is a reminder of the everyday heroes I am fighting for in Washington.

I am honored to have Jackson join me at the State of the Union and for the opportunity to share his amazing story. I hope his visit will show him and other stroke survivors that having a stroke doesn't have to limit your potential.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability for adults in the United States, but it shouldn't mean the end to a productive life. Survivors deserve better. It is my mission to create a standard of care to optimize the entire rehabilitation system�by transforming the way researchers, doctors, therapists and hospitals care for patients with neurological disorders and injuries�to give others the opportunity to have the absolute best quality of care possible.

Please take a few moments to learn more about Jackson and to share his inspiring message with friends:

To learn more about my work on your behalf, please .

For real-time updates, please join me on social media:

    

It is an honor to represent you in the Senate.

Very Truly Yours,

Mark Kirk

United States Senator

P.S. Ever year, I sit with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) at the State of the Union. .

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