Four Nebraskans Honored for Overcoming Emotional Hurdles

Hundreds of people crowded into the Cornhusker Hotel Thursday afternoon to listen to emotional stories of hope, courage, and the will to never give up. They heard the stories of four Nebraskans who's strength has helped them overcome some major hurdles.

They come from different backgrounds and walks of life. But one thing draws them together, the care and support they got at Madonna. 16-year-old Tate Reif was involved in a fatal bus accident in Omaha. He was part of a group of Seward students on their way back from a band competition. Tate survived the crash but had traumatic brain injuries. But after a year of extensive therapy at Maddona hospital, Tate learned how to live again but with a brain injury. He can now stand up and take steps. His goal, walk down the aisle to get his diploma.

Also to share her story is Munira Husovic. Two years ago she burned more than 45 percent of her body while rescuing her two daughters from a house fire. Her lungs were damaged and she couldn't move her hands. Thanks to Madonna she now has her life back.

Two other Nebraskans were honored today. One has recovered from a head injury and the other, a stroke. All of them had the willpower to never give up.