Stephanie  Decker

Stephanie Decker

In March of 2012, a tornado ripped through the town of Henryville, Indiana. Stephanie Decker, a 37-year-old mother, found herself in a life-altering moment. As her house began to disintegrate around her, she shielded her two young children with her body. Her dream home fell in, crushing her legs, but because of her heroic actions, Stephanie's children were amazingly unscathed. Since the accident, Stephanie has been featured on: The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, ABC World News Tonight as "Person of the Week", USA Today,USA Weekend, and People Magazine. Using her own story, she helps you discover your inner hero, as well as recognize the everyday heroes in life.

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In March of 2012, a tornado ripped through the town of Henryville, Indiana. Stephanie Decker, a 37-year-old mother, found herself in a life-altering moment. As her house began to disintegrate around her, she shielded her two young children with her body. Her dream home fell in, crushing her legs, but because of her heroic actions, Stephanie's children were amazingly unscathed. It was a miracle that she even survived and made it to the hospital. At that point, doctors determined that parts of both legs would need to be amputated.

Since the accident, Stephanie has been featured on: The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, ABC World News Tonight as "Person of the Week", USA Today,USA Weekend, and People Magazine. She was featured in Successful Meetings list of Most Reliable Keynote Speakers who surpass expectations. She was also named as one of the L'Oreal's 2014 Women of Worth Honorees and nominated for the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for her foundation work.

Stephanie Decker has become a true symbol of survival and overcoming adversity. She has used her story to bring awareness for the Stephanie Decker Foundation, which supports two major areas:

1. Children with prosthetics: Stephanie is passionate about children and sports. She has made it a mission to help children with prosthetics enjoy sports and the same athletic opportunities as others.
2. Accessibility to leading-edge prosthetic products: Stephanie considers herself fortunate to have access to the latest high-tech prosthetics. However, there are many people without access. Stephanie has set out to help those people receive access to cutting-edge technology, which will help them with their mobility (she has also worked with the Kentucky legislature for this).

    "Stephanie is a fantastic speaker who captivates an audience and inspires everyone that she talks to. Her story is an amazing testimony of the power of strength and a mother's love. She has taken her experience and paid it forward for the good of others and made it a great lesson for all that have the chance to hear her speak."

    American Red Cross of Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region

    "Stephanie was just wonderful...her story, although tragic, truly exemplifies the power of the human spirit. She was an inspiration to all."

    -Barnabas Health

    "Stephanie was awesome. She delivered a great speech and answered many many questions from the attendees."

    -Indiana Electric Cooperatives

    "Everything with Stephanie was wonderful! She is just simply delightful and I was honored to meet her. We haven't done evaluations but plan to yet today. I don't need to see the responses though. I know that our audience LOVED her! In fact, I would be quite surprised if we don't end up having some of our member hospitals wanting to book her for internal groups. Many attendees said that it was the best conference they had attended and this was the 42nd annual event!"

    -Indiana Hospital Association