Meet the Inspiring Brentwood Rotarian of the Year

H K Derryberry

Twenty-eight-year-old HK Derryberry has lived an astounding life and last month he was named the Brentwood Rotarian of the Year.

According to medical science, HK Derryberry should never have survived. Born July 8, 1990, in Nashville weighing two pounds at birth and arriving three months premature due to an automobile accident that took his nineteen-year-old mother’s life. Because of the accident and his premature birth, he was born blind and with cerebral palsy and other lifetime medical issues. His father abandoned him at age five and his paternal grandmother raised him.

Derryberry’s life was forever changed in 1999 when he unexpectedly met Jim Bradford, a local business executive, married with two grown daughters. HK and Jim became inseparable and Jim’s personal mentoring and constant interaction exposed HK to a world he had never experienced.

Vanderbilt University researchers discovered that HK is among only a handful of people in the world with Highly Superior Autographical Memory allowing him nearly total recall of every detail and minute of his life since he was four years old.

Today, HK and Jim’s inspirational message, “If God Is In Your Life Anything is Possible” captivates and inspires audiences everywhere. They have shared their story nationally with more than 100,000 people since 2012. In 2017, they were nationally featured in “Inspiring America” segment of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and the Huckabee Show on TBN with Governor Mike Huckabee. Their book “The Awakening of HK Derryberry”  has been released in German and Braille and is an Amazon best seller.

HK’s life is a constant reminder that you can accomplish anything you desire in life by first defining your personal capabilities, maintaining a positive attitude, working hard, having fun, and never giving up. His audience takeaway is “The only disability any of us have in life is a negative attitude.”

Learn more about HK Derryberry on his website where you can order his book here.

The Brentwood Morning Rotary Club was chartered in 1999 and meets each Wednesday morning, 7 am at the City Cafe located at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood.