New Story of Hope video features Gainesville's Kenny Pope: Georgia man's powerful story following a routine household accident gone awry

Top Quote A routine household task gone awry significantly impacted the lives of Kenny and Teri Pope, paralyzing Kenny. The Popes view Kenny’s accident as the start of “the new normal” for them, which, thanks to Shepherd Center and their strong faith - still includes all of the best components of their lives before Kenny’s accident – even birdie putts. Hear their story on WDUN and on End Quote
    Quote"The new normal is what we are calling it." Kenny Pope "So much of what Shepherd Center can do is give people hope."Karl Schultz, MDQuote
  • Gainesville, GA (1888PressRelease) September 09, 2009 - GAINESVILLE AREA RESIDENT KENNY POPE’S STORY OF HOPE DEBUTS ON SHEPHERDTV.ORG Kenny & Teri Pope share their story with The Martha Zoller Show Wednesday

    Kenny Pope of Flowery Branch, GA is a naturally friendly, optimistic person known in and around Gainesville and north Georgia for his work with church youth and mission groups. Married to his long-time sweetheart, Teri, and employed by AT&T, Kenny has led a life both mentally and spiritually content.

    In 2008, he suffered a spinal cord injury during a routine household chore that left him paralyzed. During his rehabilitation process at Shepherd Center, a nationally renowned facility for treating catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries in Atlanta, Kenny learned that his accident wouldn't stop him from continuing to live a full and productive life. His powerful story of tragedy, rehabilitation and rejuvenation has been chosen as the latest in an ongoing series of uplifting web-exclusive videos titled Stories of Hope, a collaboration between Shepherd Center and KPKinteractive. KPKinteractive’s Atlanta-based production team captured Kenny and Teri on video in 2008 and at their Flowery Branch home in 2009, in addition to interviewing members of Kenny’s care team at Shepherd Center and at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Bill Furbish, Kenny’s AT&T colleague - who is a Shepherd Center graduate himself - is also featured in the video.

    In coordination with the video's release this week on, Kenny and his wife will be interviewed by guest host Tom Smiley on The Martha Zoller Show, a popular AM radio show in northeast Georgia. Tune in to WDUN News Talk Radio 550 (AM), Wed. Sept 9 @ 10:10 a.m. to hear the Popes talk about their “Story of Hope.”

    About Shepherd Center
    Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital devoted to the medical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neuromuscular problems. Each year Shepherd Center admits more than 750 patients and conducts thousands of outpatient clinic visits.

    For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at

    About KPKinteractive
    KPKinteractive is an award-winning video production and interactive media company owned by KPK & Company in Atlanta. KPKi has produced videos, films and online media for numerous companies and non-profits including Shepherd Center; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; University System of Georgia; Georgia International Convention Center; Hotel Palomar Atlanta-Midtown and many others.

    Karin Koser, KPKi/KPK & Company: 404-276-6027 Larry Bowie, Shepherd Center: 404-325-2020

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