Adam Page knows the meaning of determination. At the age of 15, he was the youngest member of the 2007-08 U.S. National Sled Hockey team. Now 22 years old, Adam is a two time gold medal winner for the Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, respectively. The Hydrocephalus Association is excited to announce that Adam will serve as the motivational keynote speaker at our 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus, July 9-11, 2013, in Portland, Oregon. Coming off of his winter game win, Adam will inspire us all, kids and adults alike, as he addresses the conference participants.
Adam was born March 10, 1992, with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Spina bifida is a condition where the spinal cord grows outside of the body. Approximately 90% of individuals with spina bifida also live with hydrocephalus. Adam has undergone 10 surgeries to treat his hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He also has paralysis in his lower extremities. Adam’s physical and medical challenges have not stopped him from pursuing his athletic dreams. He found sled hockey at the age of 6, and has played for 16 years. Adam made the USA Development Team at the age of 14, and made the USA Men’s National Team at the age of 15. Adam has participated in two Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Sochi, Russia. He has also built an impressive list of athletic accomplishments, including being a seven-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member (2007-14), and a four-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist; gold (2009, 2012), silver (2013), and bronze (2008).
“Adam has taken on the challenge to be the best that he can be,” shared his father, Norm Page. “It is an honor for him to talk about perseverance and determination to individuals sharing his journey with hydrocephalus. He hopes he can inspire the kids coming behind him to live their dreams.”
Adam started speaking and inspiring others in 2010 after he won his gold medal in Vancouver. He had just finished high school. He spoke at the Mass Mutual Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado, the Million Dollar Roundtable in Anaheim, CA, Real Life Stories at Cesar’s Palace and Country Financial at MGM in Las Vegas, NV, and The Producers Group at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ, as well as local speaking engagements.
“In my senior year of high school I had 40 procedures for my hydrocephalus. It was one of the hardest times of my life. Now I get to work with the teens in our community and introduce them to incredible role models like Adam who can inspire these kids, in their hardest times, to persevere,” shared Jennifer Johnson, HA’s Education Manager and Teens Take Charge Program Director. “It’s not just the kids who will benefit from Adam’s talk. I know parents are excited, and as an adult living with hydrocephalus, I’m excited, too. Sometimes we all need that inspirational push to remind us that we are not defined by hydrocephalus.”
In addition to his commitments to both his athletic career and speaking engagements, Adam volunteers with his father helping to start new sled hockey programs around the country. These programs give youth, adults, and veterans the opportunity to play the sport of sled hockey that has given Adam so many opportunities. In Adam’s spare time he enjoys, downhill skiing, golf, and bowling. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
This video of Adam shares his inspirational story.
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold; Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
- Four-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist, gold (2009, 2012), silver (2013), bronze (2008)
- Four-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012), silver (Nov. 2011, 2013), bronze (April 2011)
- 2010 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championship, 1st
- 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st
- Seven-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member (2007-14)
- 2006-07 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team member
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The biennial conference provides tools and personal connections to address the medical, educational and social challenges of living with hydrocephalus, and is an opportunity for individuals to connect with peers who understand what it means to live with the challenges that can accompany the condition. In addition to networking and supporting each other, participants spend three days mixing with leading medical professionals, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, educational consultants, and an array of other specialists.
The 2014 conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232. The conference will begin mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July 9, and conclude by 10:00 pm on Friday, July 11, 2014. To learn more about the conference and to view the conference agenda and to register, please visit www.hydrocephalusconference.org or contact the Hydrocephalus Association at (888) 598-3789.