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Love Conquers All

Dale Sloothaak and Lori Wissink exchange vows during their wedding at Immanuel Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mi., on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Picture credit: ZachGibson

Dale Sloothaak and Lori Wissink exchange vows during their wedding at Immanuel Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Picture credit: ZachGibson

Inspired by article written by Sue Thomas for MLive News

Today, many people meet online or at work, but their love took root in a surprising place — a program for people with brain injury. The bride used her wheelchair to meet her groom at the end of the aisle.

In front of a crowd of 150 family members and friends, the bride and groom exchanged rings and agreed to support each other, through sickness and health, for as long as they shall live.

In 1975, when Dale was 20, a car accident left him in a coma for three weeks. In 1980 when Lori was a Senior in high school, her car was struck by a train. After her accident, Lori was unable to talk for four months.

Initially Dale and Lori went on social outings accompanied by a recreational therapist from Hope Network. Eventually a friendship developed and the friendship turned into love.

“The wedding between clients is a first for Hope Network’s brain injury program,” said Roxanne Flieman, a social work supervisor.

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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.