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“Shearer” Determination | Family, Injury, and Resilience

A catastrophic stroke threatened to destroy everything Mike and Denise Shearer had built together: Their home, their family, their life. In this mini-documentary, QLI takes an intimate look at the story of recover from a family’s perspective. From complete loss to a vision of hope–what the Shearers have endured only reaffirms their incredible unity and […]

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QLI on Film | The Rider

— When Brady Jandreau and Lane Scott—real-life rodeo stars-turned-movie stars in the Sony Pictures Classics independent film The Rider—have the stage before the attendees at Omaha’s Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, it feels like a homecoming. A path made full-circle. Flanked by QLI President and CEO, Patricia Kearns, they introduce The Rider and its uniquely […]

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Anna Connors and The Way Back

We introduced Anna Connors to you in March as part of our Brain Injury Awareness Month campaign. At 17, Anna survived a terrifying automobile accident involving her vehicle and a semi truck. She was left with a traumatic brain injury, which affected her life in countless ways. This summer, after years of recovery, Anna returns […]

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Ben Schultz’s Climb Above

Every day, firefighters shoulder the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the safety of their community. In Ben Schultz’s case, a firefighter of the Anchorage, Alaska Fire Department, that meant providing life-saving aid to one of their own. During a June 2017 training exercise, 29-year-old Ben Schultz tumbled nearly 100 feet down a ladder. The list […]

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Step by Step: Kent Templien’s Resilience

— A hush falls over the auditorium. 75 onlookers in silence. They watch—some in awe, hands cupped over their mouths—as Kent Templien makes a slow, determined walk to the front of the room. Kent labors to plant one foot ahead of the other. He braces his elbows onto the pads of a platform walker and […]

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