"I had a choice to make and I chose to rebloom. The way I see it, I have a job to do. I didn't know an amputee before I became one and God put Heather in my life, and she was my vision of hope. I want to be a vision of hope, not just to amputees, but to anyone with a handicap. My definition of that is it is something that prohibits you from living everyday to its fullest as God intended," she said.
"I continue to pray for that gift of tomorrow. If I didn't have that gift, I wouldn't be here with you this morning. I believed I survived because of God's plan for me," she concluded.
Musical selections were provided at the breakfast by the Mt. Vernon Township High School Choir, Sweet Adelines and Daniel and Dennis Southerd with Cort Jones, and Dee Ann Schnautz. A 911 tribute video with Kent Renshaw singing "God Bless the USA" was also presented.
About 500 people attended the event held at the Holiday Inn.