JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Make this clear: Victoria Arlen is not supposed to be in Jackson Hole tonight to attend a gala event for a local nonprofit. Arlen isn’t supposed to be. Period.
After developing two rare conditions that affected her central nervous system at age 11 in 2006, Arlen lived locked in her own body in a vegetative state for several years. She could not talk. She could not walk. She experienced seizures—sometimes every few minutes. She was not expected to live long.
But Arlen’s amazing story has taken her to Jackson, tonight, where she will share her battle back from hospital bed to athlete, celebrity speaker, and now dancer.
After learning how to eat and speak again (it took four years), Arlen medaled in the Paralympics as a swimmer in 2012. She was then hired by ESPN as an on-air personality—the youngest in the network’s history.
But she wasn’t done. Arlen has this personal motto—“Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It”—and she takes it w-a-y seriously.
Still confined to a wheelchair, told she would never walk again, Arlen said she made up her mind to not only walk but dance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” She and her professional dancer partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Team Viva) are competing in the 25th season of DWTS right now.
“I think it speaks volumes that Victoria [Arlen] and Val [Chmerkovskiy] are taking time away from their busy LA life and their DWTS schedule to come and spend time in our small town, speaking at our nonprofit annual gala,” said Watershed Jackson founder Hayden Hilke. “We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to hear Victoria’s incredible story about what she has been able to accomplish. It is a true testament to her will and her athleticism for her to be standing on this stage with us sharing her journey.”
Watershed Jackson is a local nonprofit, that aims to seek awareness for athletes with traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, and help such athletes reach a turning point in returning to the sport they love. We strive to educate the community on daily obstacles these athletes must overcome, and foster an environment of support and deeper appreciation for these individuals.
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 5:30-10pm
Featured Speaker: Victoria Arlen | Special guest: Sally Francklyn
Tickets: $125 – Silent Auction, Dinner & Drinks. Proceeds: Watershed Jackson Accessibility Fund
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