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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How Many People Does it Take to Make a Difference? ONE...

The 1 book is the second book in the Life by the Numbers series, the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling 5 book, which inspired hundreds of thousands of people to decide how to make the next five years of their lives the best five years of their lives. The 1 book will inspire you to ask yourself, “How will I make a will I give something will I give something beautiful to the world?”

We all come into the world with special gifts in our hands designed to make the world a better place. The purpose of the 1 book is to inspire you to discover and celebrate your special gifts and, above all, to share them with a world that truly needs you.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

True Life: Living as a Quadriplegic at 28 Years Old **INSPIRATIONAL**

On May 28th of 2005 Michael-Ryan Pattison broke his neck diving into Lake Chelan. This accident left him a quadriplegic with little movement below his shoulders. Michael-Ryan graduated from Woodinville High School in 2003 where he played all sports. At the time of his accident he was heading into his junior year at Washington State University and was active in basketball, skiing, bird hunting, weight lifting and about everything a 20-year old could do.

Following his horrific accident and injury, Michael-Ryan became keenly focused on helping others with spinal cord injuries and has done an excellent job of raising awareness and funding for that cause.
The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation was established in 2006 so others with spinal cord injuries can access the best possible care for their disability. Michael-Ryan serves as President of the Foundation.

The Foundation has organized several fundraising events including auctions and golf tournaments organized with the help of his family and caring friends including the Seattle Seahawks. In the last year, Foundation funds have been used to purchase specialized equipment as well as fund specialized exercise therapy here in the Seattle area for others in need.

In his own words, “I’m so very thankful for the opportunities that have been placed in front of me to help others that are less fortunate yet are in the same boat as myself. This community of people will continue to get better and we will do so by reaching my ultimate goal of building a rehabilitation facility here in the Seattle area.”

Michael-Ryan’s own recovery efforts continue along with ever increasing time and energy to building his Foundation.