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"To One Of The Lucky Ones, The New Year Means More"—

January 05, 2010 by Bill Strong


I thought I'd share this inspiring essay by Ben Mattlin that aired on NPR on January 4, 2010. Ben is 47-years-old, has SMA -- what he describes as a "neurological nuisance", graduated from Harvard, is a published writer, husband, and father of two little girls. Ben's story is incredible, his accomplishments admirable and impressive under any circumstances, and his outlook truly humbling -- whether he wants to admit it or not smile

Ben, as the proud father of a vibrant, intelligent little girl valiantly fighting this cruel disease, words can't begin to describe how your story and outlook has given me fresh hope of the possibilities for Gwendolyn. We all know the statistical reality and challenges of SMA, but it's impossible for me to read your story and not hope for the same "luck" for my little girl. Thank you for sharing...

Click HERE to listen to or read the story on NPRs site...

Go to BenMattlin.com to learn more about all the things Ben is involved with...

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