The Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit, now in its fifth year, brings professionals together for a day of sharing expertise and learning from each other about opportunities to approach the treatment of pain and substance use disorder.
We are still accepting proposals for this year's summit.
While playing football for Penn State in a game against rival, Ohio State, Adam Taliaferro made a routine helmet-to-helmet tackle that would change the course of his life. He had broken his neck—a similar injury suffered by the late, Christopher Reeve. Given only a 3% chance of ever walking again, Adam fought insurmountable odds to not only walk, but to walk well.
Though playing football is no longer in Adam's future, many around the nation have followed his inspirational tale of recovery leading authors, Scott Brown and Sam Carchidi, to chronicle his remarkable story in their 2001 book Miracle in the Making. Adam currently leads State Advocacy & Alliance Development for Bristol Myers Squibb and held office as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2015-2022. Adam also has his own foundation, "The Adam Taliaferro Foundation," that provides financial assistance to individuals affected by spinal cord injuries of which has raised over $1 million to date. Through his foundation and his passion for motivational speaking, Adam continues to provide hope for many people who may feel that there is no reason to hope at all.