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When Something is Lost, Something is Gained: Tom Hoog, Former CEO of Hill and Knowlton/USA and Grandfather of Tyler Hoog, a C4-C3 Quadriplegic

Tom Hoog, former President and CEO of Hill and Knowlton/USA and former chief of staff for U.S. Senator Gary Hart and Tyler, his grandson, who was paralyzed in an ATV accident when he was 17, speak with host Richard Levick of LEVICK about the power of love and never giving up. “Honestly, it was never a focus on if I would ever walk again. My mom did a very good job of really shifting the perspective where beforehand we were going to baseball practice, now we’re going to physical therapy. My mom made it so there wasn’t a moment where we sat and felt devastated. It was just ‘this is the situation, so we’re going to make some lemonade.’” As a result, I got into disability advocacy, and really made myself confront my disability as a whole, and how I view myself, how I interact with my disability and allow others to interact with it.” Among other activists activities, Tyler has worked as a Fellow at RespectAbility — a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change. Since his injury, Tyler earned high school, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles. There are more than 358,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States, and according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are 17,810 new cases each year. Only 27% of people with spinal cord injuries were employed 10 years after injury. After listening to this show, you will be asking, “What can I do?” Listen here