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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Disabilities
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Roger Crawford
Roger Crawford
Born with severe physical disabilities, Roger Crawford notes that his parents were told that he would never walk. But against all odds, Crawford focused on his strengths, conquered his challenges to become an award-winning college athlete at Loyola Marymount University, where he was the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a Division 1 college sport. Named by Sports Illustrated as "one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world," Crawford uses courage, passion, humor and hard-won wisdom to inspire audiences to reevaluate their own limitations - real or imagined.

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Robert Hall
Robert Hall
Topics: Disabilities, Mental Health Advocate) Robert David Hall is best known for his role as the coroner on CSI:Crime Scene Investigation on CBS,. His disabled-specific role was initially for one episode but was expanded immediately due to his popularity. Since this monumental success, he has become an impassioned spokesperson on the importance of hiring actors with disabilities. He has testified before Congress and served as a national board member and chair on the Performers With Disabilities Committee. He Had both legs amputated after suffering burns over 65% of his body, the result of his car being crushed by an 18-wheeler in 1978. He uses prosthetics.

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Geri Jewell
Geri Jewell
Topics: Cerebral Palsy, Disabilities. Introduced to millions as "Cousin Geri", Geri Jewell has risen to become a leading force in disabilities advocacy. Geri started her acting career as the personal choice of famed producer Norman Lear for her role as Cousin Geri on the ground-breaking NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life. With this role she became the first person with a visible disability to become a regular performer on a national, prime-time television show. During her run on the show she broke barriers by addressing issues of disability awareness. She most recently appeared at the White House and has spoken in front of Congress on issues affecting people with disabilities.

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Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
A Legend of the stage and screen, Ben Vereen is best known for his iconic role as Chicken George in the ground breaking television miniseries, Roots. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's Pippin, Ben has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty, with starring roles in such Broadway productions as Wicked,Chicago,Jesus Christ Superstar,Hair,Jelly's Last Jam, and I'm not Rappaport. He is currently touring his one man show, An Evening with Ben Vereen,throughout the US and Europe.

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  • Barbra Streisand is the latest celebrity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. It is the nation’s number 1 killer and has not gotten the attention that many other diseases, such as cancer have, she says. The fact is that a woman dies every minute from heart disease and it actually kills more women than all cancers combined.   Streisand, to her credit, has created an organization, Women’s Heart Alliance, which has initiated a study on how heart disease affects women. Because the symptoms appear differently in women than men, many women are unaware of their risks and also that they may have heart disease.
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  • How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions.  O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. 
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  • Robin William’s death by suicide is just another sign that we need to address mental illness. Luckily more celebrities are stepping up and speaking out about mental health, including Meredith Baxter on substance abuse, LaDonna Gatlin on attempted suicide, John Larroquette on addiction, Susan Ford Bales on substance abuse and author Terri Cheney on Bipolar Disorder to name a few.

    The time has come for our society to realize that we have an epidemic.  There are more people than ever suffering from mental illness and the National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide now kills twice as many people as homicides. 
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  • In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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  • We are excited to announce Dr. Travis Stork’s newest book, The Doctor’s Diet – Restore Health & Lose Weight to be released on January 1, 2014.* Unhealthy eating is an epidemic and it very well may kill you! Finally, a flexible and workable diet plan is available that will help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.

    The Doctor’s Diet is Dr. Travis Stork’s solution to unhealthy eating — a nationwide problem that contributes to a death toll higher than that of car accidents, drug abuse, smoking, and gun violence combined. Dr. Travis is genuinely concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis, so he created a flexible and workable diet plan that will help readers feel instantly more energetic and healthier while the pounds come off – ultimately, giving people the tools they need to extend their lives and live them to the fullest potential.
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  • Dr. Travis Stork, ER Doc and co-host of the Emmy-award winning show,  THE DOCTORS shared life saving lessons with Prevention Magazine this month.

    On his first night as an attending physician, moonlighting in the ER of a rural southern hospital, Travis Stork, MD, got his first postgraduate lesson in life and death. “A father frantically ran into the ER carrying a young boy who was unresponsive and barely breathing,” recalls Dr. Stork, the Emmy-nominated cohost of the award-winning talk show The Doctors and the author of The Lean Belly Prescription. When the child’s breathing became more faint and his lips started turning blue, Dr.
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  • It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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  • Author Jane Heller, who has written 13 comic novels, has taken on the subject of caregiving, which she knows well. As caregiver to her husband, Michael, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, she has been able to find the humor in this subject and has written the nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”. This topic is becoming more important and crucial as the baby boomers age and find themselves in the position of caregiver for a parent or spouse. Many are unaware of what faces them in this role and find out through experience what is entailed.
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