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2001-Nov-05: Honors for Heather

This evening in Washington D.C., Heather Mills was one of five people presented with the National Rehabilitation Hospital Victory Award in recognition of their courage, determination and grace in overcoming extraordinary challenges.   Upon receiving the award, Heather told the audience that  "I believe very much in fate, that everything happens for a reason."  She also drew laughter when she shared that after losing her leg she was told in the hospital, "Heather, you must realize you'll not be as attractive to men." And now she's engaged to be married to Paul McCartney!  More than 650 people attended the dinner and presentation ceremony which was held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  The event was co-chaired by Doro Bush Koch, the sister of President George Bush and raised close to $ 1 million for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, a private, nonprofit hospital, which opened in 1986 to treat patients for spinal cord and head injuries, stroke, amputation and multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

Earlier that morning, first lady Laura Bush hosted a White House reception for Heather and the other Victory Award honorees.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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