Survivor of “The Miracle on the Hudson” to Speak in North Bergen on Tenth Anniversary of the Miracle Plane Landing

North Bergen, NJ – Dave Sanderson, a survivor of US Airways Flight 1549, known as The Miracle on the Hudson, will be coming back to the Hudson River waterfront to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the event that changed his life trajectory.

Sanderson will be the featured speaker during the Rotary Foundation’s dinner event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and it is sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.

During the Rotary event, Sanderson will reunite with many of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center’s nurses and team members who provided exceptional, life-saving care to Dave and several other passengers following the crash landing.  Sanderson continues to keep strong personal relationships with many of the first responders in the North Hudson area, including hospital staff, EMS staff and ferry boat operators.

The moment he left the hospital, his life was never the same; it was a wake-up call, and became a calling for him….only he didn’t know it just yet.

As he embarked on another flight, only hours after the ditched landing, Sanderson determined that something had to change in his life – in the mere 204 seconds at the entire incident took place in, he learned how some of the most ordinary moments and interactions in your life truly matter when you need them most, lessons he credits for the decisions he made that day, and with saving his life.

Sanderson could not have anticipated how an invitation from his local church, months after the event, would spawn a decade-long new speaking career, and demand for him to provide leadership consulting and seminars.  His perspective helped evolve his story from a ‘miracle’ to an enviable mindset that got the attention of researchers studying Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome (PTGS), earning him a cover profile in AAPR magazine for an article focused the characteristics of people who shift into thrive after near tragedy.

“Everybody faces challenges in their lives”, says Sanderson, elaborating on his idea that we each endure our own traumatic life experiences at different points in our lives, “…but it’s how your respond to them, and more importantly, how much attention you paid to your life and the confluence of lessons within it, beforehand, that will illuminate how every moment in your life suddenly matters.”

For tickets and sponsorship information for the Rotary Foundation Dinner, please contact Jay Fowler at 201-218-0473 or

To interview Dave Sanderson about the lessons he’s learned, and shares, the miracles in his life since the Miracle on the Hudson ten years ago, his podcast or book, or to obtain media passes, please contact Rania Walker at 416-258-8953 or


About Dave Sanderson:

Dave Sanderson is an inspirational speaker and author who taps into a life-changing experience onboard US Airways Flight 1549 to provide insight on the important facets of life and leadership.  Following this experience, Sanderson traveled around the world to share his inspirational and motivational leadership message.  He has spoken with groups including: Exxonmobil, Toyota, AARP, American Red Cross and more.  He provides personal leadership support services including: workshops, support communities, a leadership radio show and podcast, leadership presentations, an Alexa Daily Flash Briefing and more. Sanderson is passionate about encouraging others to be great leaders and neighbors in their communities, through both good times and difficulties.  To learn more about Sanderson’s message and how he can help those struggling with leadership development objectives, visit:


About The Rotary Foundation:

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.  It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.  The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.”  It has grown from an initial contribution of $26.50 to more than $1 billion.  It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.