Shane Burcaw, was the keynote speaker at the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania’s annual conference end-of-conference luncheon. “Shane took the audience on an intimately personal journey through the challenges he faces with muscular dystrophy. He spoke with the same candid style of his writing. He is an accomplished writer, speaker and motivator.” His talk focused on the “way he uses positivity to overcome adversity, and provides lessons that the audience can apply to their own lives.”
Shane’s biography from his Website, laughing at my nightmare, states that he “grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Moravian College with an English degree. His bestselling memoir was shortlisted for the ALA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. He also writes as a freelancer for The Morning Call. His blog, (Laughing At My Nightmare) about the humor of living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, has over half a million followers.
“In his free time he enjoys running people over in his wheelchair, hanging out with his brother and friends, and traveling. His favorite food is mashed potatoes, and one time when he was a kid he stole thirty popsicles from the school cafeteria because a friend told him it was allowed. The popsicles melted in his book bag, and he was sent to the principal’s office. A life of crime just didn’t suit him.”
Check out his facebook site, too. We exchanged “Hi’s” following his talk and a question and answer period as he was being besieged by conference participants who came by to get an autographed copy of his book, “laughing at my nightmare.”
It is great to have met you, Shane.