Inspiration and Transformation: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Combines Pathways and RIC - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on June 24, 2016

Inspiration and Transformation: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Combines Pathways and RIC

by Susan B. Noyes

Need inspiration to lean in and embrace your faith, intellect, gifts and power to create impact? Please get to know Shirley Ryan. Other-centered, eloquent and determined, she is a social entrepreneur extraordinaire, whose strategic and values-driven work to create opportunities that lift up others was honored at a ceremony celebrating the integration of two groundbreaking organizations. Thanks to a record gift from Ryan and her husband Pat Ryan, Pathways — a leading nonprofit research and rehabilitation center for children struggling with developmental delays founded by the Ryans decades ago — will join best-in-class Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) state-of-the-art research hospital, AbilityLab, with the new institution renamed in Ryan’s honor — “Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.”

Ryan resisted the renaming until she realized, “It’s important to use all of the strengths we have to inspire others too.”

“I’ve just always acted on the Lord working through our third son, Corbett,” Ryan declared at the ceremony.

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