9/11 survivor to speak at Knoxville breakfast

Michael Hingson with his guide dog that helped him lead many out of World Trade Center One.

Michael Hingson with his guide dog that helped him lead many out of World Trade Center One.
Michael Hingson and his guide dog  helped lead many out of World Trade Center’s Tower One.

Micheal Hingson, a Sept. 11 survivor, will be speaking at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Knoxville during an 8 a.m. Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 30. 

He is visiting Knoxville in honor of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month and will be sharing his personal experiences and life lessons.

One of the questions Michael likes to ask himself during every speech he gives is “Who would have ever thought?” Hingson has been blind since birth and, after surviving the initial impact, led a group of peers out of World Trade Center One with the help of his guide dog only minutes before it collapsed. This American hero is now an international speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author.

Michael’s 2011 New York Times Best Seller, THUNDERDOG:The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, gives an inside perspective at a how the bond of a man and his guide dog brought hope to many on such a tragic day.

The breakfast is sponsored in partnership by a number of organizations including the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment, the Knoxville Area Employment Consortium, the City of Knoxville,  the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services.

 

 

 

Edited by Maggie Jones