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2020 Conrad W. Raker Lecture Series showcases innovation and inspiration

February 26, 2020

Frank Hyland, Kenneth Keitt and Gary Schmidt pose for a picture.

Innovative technology and the spirit of entrepreneurship were on display recently at the Conrad W. Raker Lecture Series at Muhlenberg College’s Moyer Hall.

Kenneth Keitt, founder and CEO of ParaPer4mance, a web-based health and wellness fitness company dedicated to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, served as the event’s keynote speaker. After being paralyzed in a 2012 car accident, Ken underwent physical rehab at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

During his time with Good Shepherd, Ken decided to take back control of his life. He adopted motivating life principles, leading to achieving a college business degree and founding his business, ParaPer4mance.

“Happiness starts with me. Major growth comes when you overcome adversity. Life is too short. The only disability is a bad attitude.”

-Kenneth Keitt, Founder and CEO of Paraper4mance

In addition to Ken’s speech, the audience witnessed an Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton demonstration. The Ekso is a wearable robotic device that allows people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness from strokes, trauma and other neurological conditions to stand and walk. 

Stephen Vandenberg, PT, DPT, assists Ruth Aragon as she demonstrates the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton.

Gary Schmidt, chairman of the Board of Trustees and interim president & CEO, and Frank Hyland, MS, PT, executive director of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, attended the February event as well.

The Conrad W. Raker Lecture Series started in the 1990s as a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker, a 1934 graduate of Muhlenberg College, and former Good Shepherd administrator. The son of Good Shepherd’s founders, the Rev. John “Papa” and Estella “Mama” Raker, Conrad was a visionary leader and tireless advocate for people with disabilities. The Raker Lecture is co-sponsored by Muhlenberg and Good Shepherd’s Development Department.