The Incredible Power of a Faith Community
A Story of Paralysis, Miraculous Recovery, Conversion and Commitment
C@W Oct. 11 Speaker Haley Scott
“Notre Dame Mourns Two Swimmers Killed in Crash” read a grim New York Times headline after a terrible crash of a bus carrying the school's swim team. A third swimmer, Haley Scott, was paralyzed and doctors warned she had little hope for recovery.
Rev. Edward Mallory, Notre Dame's president, quickly visited Haley in the hospital and asked if he could pray with her. Haley responded, “Father, I’m not Catholic”. But they did pray together, and thereon began Haley's long, miraculous journey of recovery, conversion, and then commitment to live her life guided by faith.
As the teen lay in a hospital bed, facing the horrible fear of permanent paralysis, Haley gained hope of recovery and returning to swimming to honor her two dead teammates. She succeeded with the help of a strong Catholic community and prayer.
Today Haley is married with two young children. She is involved with adult retreats and the Life Teen Program. Haley's life story is told in her book "What Though the Odds."
Haley Scott DeMaria will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 11 Catholics@Work breakfast, where she will share her amazing recovery story and talk of the power of the Catholic community that supported her and led her to join the church.
Lou Holtz, storied Notre Dame coach, cites Haley's recovery and faith as a flesh and blood example of his belief that “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”
Diana Nagy, president of Catholics@Work, says "Haley's life is a practical example of something Coach Holtz often says, ‘Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.”
Nagy adds “Haley is an amazing woman who took on overwhelming adversity with the help of prayer and a faithful community. She is committed to living her faith every day and supporting people in the same way the Notre Dame community of faith supported her. Her life story can be a lesson and an inspiration for us all."