Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Jean Driscoll

Jean Driscoll was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that resulted in the improper development of her spine. She is a world-renowned athlete who is also making an impact as a professional speaker. Her motivational and powerful presentations have been lauded by CEO’s of corporate and non-profit enterprises, the U.S. government, and all levels of the education system. The Boston Marathon added a wheelchair division for women in 1977. The record for most repeated championships stands at 8, held by Jean Driscoll in the Women’s Wheelchair division.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Paul Monette

Paul Monette was born on 16 October, 1945 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died on 10 February, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. Paul was an American author, poet, and activist best remembered for his essays about gay relationships and later, his battle with AIDS. His brother Robert was born with spina bifida and suffered life-threatening illnesses as a child. Paul decided he would need to live an exemplary life to compensate for his brother’s illness.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend John Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp also known as John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp, was born on 7 October, 1951. John is best known for being an American rock singer-songwriter. As a child in Seymour, IN, Mellencamp had suffered a number of setbacks, including being born with a neural tube defect called spina bifida that necessitated a lengthy hospitalization as a baby. As a teenager, he was rebellious, often getting in trouble with the law. He formed his first band at the age of 14, and continued to play throughout his teens.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Snr. Hank Williams

Snr. Hank Williams, Hiram King Williams was born in 1923, in the small unincorporated town of Mount Olive, Georgiana, Alabama. He was named after Hiram I of Tyre, but his name was misspelled as “Hiriam” on his birth certificate. He was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave him life long pain, a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. Hank had tried to wrestle down his drinking problem, but career pressures, marital problems, and crippling spinal pain all contributed to make the binges more frequent during 1951. In December he agreed to be operated on, although the operation was not a success.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Robert Hensel

Robert Hensel being an international poet and writer, Robert has never let spina bifida come in the way of his artistic mind. “There were many times that my schoolmates would laugh at me and call me names simply because of their lack of understanding of why I was a little different”. He was awarded the title of one of the best poets of the 20th century with over 900 publications worldwide and detains the world record at Guiness and Ripley’s for the longest non stop wheelie in a weelchair.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Van Smith

Van Smith was always amazed by artform and wanted he himself to be producer of art. Unfortunately he could not accomplish his first artistic goals due to stifness caused by spina bifida. From there he proceeded to earning a degree in fashion and embarked into a career with film maker John Waters. He has also designed successful clothes which have appeared in movies and fashion establishments.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Rene Kirby

Rene Kirby was born on 27 February, 1955. Rene is an American film and television actor. Kirby used spina bifida to his advantage when he played his role in shallow Hal, he was also in “Stuck on you” with Matt Damon. He is the living proof that you can lead a productive life even with disabilities.

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