Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817.
First Floor Auditorium. Parking is free.
Use this link to register.
If you have questions about the seminar, please contact Margaret Kugler at (916) 453-2109 or MKugler@shrinenet.org. You can also reach out to Janis Tokunaga at (916) 453-2094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch.
A transition seminar for patients with limb differences and their parents, Reaching Your Stride is a time for education and inspiration. It is a day when children, adolescents and parents can share experiences and explore new opportunities in an open, interactive forum. It is a time for participants to discuss the challenges of living without an arm, a leg, a hand or other limb difference in a supportive setting.
The specialists at Shriners Hospital know the healing that takes place in the hospital is just one step in a patient’s journey. To reach their stride as young adults, kids must be able to identify opportunities, resources and support networks in their homes, schools and communities.
Reaching Your Stride brings patients, parents and adults who have overcome challenges together to share experiences and information. Community partners will introduce programs and services catering to the needs of those with physical challenges.
Mohamed Lahna says, “We can do more than we ever imagined if we just dare ourselves to push a little harder, go a little further.” Born with a birth disorder that left him without a femur in his left leg, Mohamed says sports have been the catalyst for his personal revelation that limits reside only in his mind. A para-triathlete, he brought home a bronze medal in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro and his next goal is to “go for the gold” in Tokyo. Mohamed will tell about growing up in Morocco, the bullying he endured, and how he overcame it.
As he delivers an inspirational keynote, Mohamed will be joined by his wife Ru Chen, an engineer who helped design the running leg that has enabled him to reach his stride. Ru worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento in 2017, but recently made the move to Colorado Springs so that Mohamed could train at the Olympic Training Center. Mohamed and Ru will discuss their journey together and how being flexible has allowed them to adapt to new challenges. Join them as they discuss how technology, innovation, and adaption are ingredients for success.
Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
8:45 a.m. Keynote Address | Mohammad Lahna & Ru Chen
9:30 a.m. BREAK
9:40 a.m. Parent Panel
10:30 a.m. Patient Panel
11:15 a.m. Community Resource Fair & Interactive Activities
12:30 p.m. Refreshments & Brown Bag Lunches
1:00 p.m. Seminar Ends
Community Resource Fair Participants
Access Leisure Paralympic Sports
Beale Air Force Base Robotics Team
Bond Driving School
Fat Brain Toys (merchandise)
A husband and wife team, Mohamed Luhna and Ru Chen – along with their two young boys – are embarking on their journey towards the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Mohamed Luhna was born and raised in Morocco, the eldest of 5 children to parents of modest means. He was born with a birth defect that essentially left him without a femur in his left leg and grew up wanting just to be like the other kids, running around and playing soccer with them. The world of sports opened up to him when he was fitted for his first real prosthetic at age 20. He rode a bike for the first time at age 25 and crossed the Atlas Mountains on it. He completed his first marathon at age 27. A para-triathlete, he brought home a bronze medal in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro and his next goal is to “go for the gold” in Tokyo in 2020.
Ru Chen was born in China, raised in Canada, and recently became a United States citizen. She studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and moved to the United States to study Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Institute of Technology. Working for many years in the Bay Area, she moved to Sacramento to be closer to family after the birth of her second child and worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.