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2009 NAMI National Convention Coverage
Creating a Healthy Future for Us All
Day 3: July 8, 2009
Day three of the NAMI National Convention was highlighted by a very special screening of The Soloist, followed by a question and answer session with author Steve Lopez and Jennifer Ayers Moore.
The show was stolen by a performance from Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr., upon whom the book and motion picture are based.
Below are photos and videos from the day, led off by of Ayers' speech after receiving the Rona and Ken Purdy Award and his moving violin performance.
Nathaniel Ayers warms up the strings.
Mr. Ayers performs as guests arrive.
Ayers receives the Rona and Ken Purdy Award.
Giving his acceptance speech with no loss for words.
Intently playing the cello and feeling the music.
Mr. Ayers was a true celebrity this night, signing autographs.
Steve Lopez, author of The Soloist, address the crowd after the movie.
Nathaniel's sister, Jennifer Ayers-Moore shares her experiences with Nathaniel.
There is plenty more to see from the third day at the 2009 NAMI National Convention.