Ellen Rogers, author of Kasey to the Rescue spoke to CoreNet New England recently to share her story, and to remind us all that we can successfully persevere regardless of the challenges.My wife Anne and I have known Ellen for over twenty-five years; she’s one of the most outgoing, dynamic, and inspirational people we’ve ever met. She has had to face the heartbreaking tragedy of a car accident that rendered her son (Ned) quadriplegic, and yet both of them (and the rest of their family) have found hope and happiness in Ned’s slow improvements that have been aided by Kasey, a highly trained capuchin monkey. Ned continues to gain mobility that everyone thought was impossible, and he is as upbeat, optimistic, and delightful a young man as can possibly be imagined.
Personally, I really enjoyed being able to introduce my colleagues at CoreNet to Ellen. We can all get wrapped up in the frustrations of our daily challenges and just lose track of how fortunate we really are. It was also amazing to me how many people came up to Ellen afterwards to share stories of their loved ones who have likewise had major accidents or of situations where they also had to assume difficult care-giving responsibilities. As a former senior marketing executive, and now as a nearly full-time mother/helpmate, we can all identify with parts of Ellen’s life in a way that helps us think about our own in a more introspective way. I hope everyone else appreciates hearing her story (it’s a REALLY funny and touching book) as much as we did.