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At just 13 years old, Connor McKemey faced a life-altering event that left him with third-degree burns covering 90% of his body. Given less than a 1% chance of survival, Connor defied the odds and not only survived but thrived. Today, the best-selling author and motivational speaker is a living testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the human spirit.

From the Stage to the Boardroom: Patrick Huey's Journey

Patrick Huey’s career is a testament to the power of embracing unexpected opportunities and saying yes to life’s surprises. Starting his journey on the stage, Patrick transitioned into the realms of luxury, hospitality, wellness, and podcasting, becoming a pioneering figure in these industries. As the first Black chairman of the board for the International Spa Association (ISPA), Patrick has shattered barriers and enriched the global spa and wellness sectors with his leadership and vision.

A Community's Strength: The Foundation of Recovery

When asked about his incredible journey of recovery, Connor McKemey emphasizes the essential role his community played. He shares, "It always started with that core community, family, and just the warmth and strength of so many people that surrounded me." The support from family, friends, and the broader community was pivotal.

After being burned over 90% of his body, Connor woke up from a medically induced coma to see letters, notes, and immense support that inspired his determination. This community's strength provided him with the motivation to keep going, even during the darkest times.

Facing Doubts and Defying Expectations

Connor recalls the challenges and doubts he faced from medical professionals who tried to prepare him for a life of limitations. "Being young, I had that mindset of, 'Why can't I?' I wanted to get back to just playing hoops in the driveway with my brothers," he says. Despite being told he might never play sports again, Connor's ambition and resilience led him to find a trainer who believed in his potential. This belief and support were crucial in his journey back to playing high school and eventually college lacrosse.

Connor underscores the importance of mental resilience. He believes in the power of the mind and the impact of a positive perspective. "Every time I was faced with doubt, anxiety, or fear, I asked myself how I could flip it and find some silver lining," he explains. This mindset helped him navigate through immense pain and challenges. By focusing on what he could control and finding positivity in each situation, Connor transformed his approach to recovery and life.

A Message of Hope and Action

Connor McKemey's story is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. His journey from a near-fatal accident to becoming a motivational speaker and athlete demonstrates the incredible power of resilience and community support. By sharing his experiences, Connor inspires others to face their challenges with a positive mindset and to find strength in their scars. His message is clear: with determination, support, and a focus on what we can control, we can overcome any adversity.

Listen to this episode to learn about...

  • [0:58] How support and strength from family, friends, and community helped Connor thrive 
  • [7:24] Celebrating daily small victories to keep moving forward 
  • [14:04] Empathy allows us to see scars as symbols of strength, not weakness. 

Tune in to the Members Only episode to learn how Connor found his voice as an author