Author and World-Class Paralympic Athlete for more than 20 years
At the age of 9, Kansas native Bob Lujano lost all four of his limbs in an attempt to save his life when he contracted a rare form of meningitis. Nonetheless, Lujano has defied most any odd set against him. He came to Birmingham in 1998 to be a part of the Lakeshore Foundation, where…
At the age of 9, Kansas native Bob Lujano lost all four of his limbs in an attempt to save his life when he contracted a rare form of meningitis. Nonetheless, Lujano has defied most any odd set against him.
He came to Birmingham in 1998 to be a part of the Lakeshore Foundation, where he is now an information specialist for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (located at Lakeshore). “I have been part of distributing health information and producing and participating in videos that promote the importance of inclusion in our cities and nation.
Lujano earned a silver medal with the U.S. National team in the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, a bronze with the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2004 in Athens, and is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Murderball.” Lujano is the author (with Tara Schiro) of “No Arms, No Legs, No Problem,”
As an information specialist, I seek to address barriers in programs, facilities, and attitudes that can change the mindset of a community to see the benefits of healthy active lifestyles for people with disabilities. Every day that I come to work seems to always provide a new fulfilling life changing moment and experience that impacts my life and our city.
Just greeting our members, meeting children with disabilities and knowing that Lakeshore Foundation is the place that all youth should experience. Spending time with our veterans as they attend our military camps.”
Lujano lives his life in a way that is a testament to the fact that different doesn’t mean anything except, well, different. He wrote a book called No Arms, No Legs, No Problem: When Life Happens, You Can Wish to Die or Choose to Live (published in 2014 and available on Amazon), and he frequently speaks to large groups, sharing his experiences as a quad amputee.
Additionally, he is very involved in Lakeshore’s wheelchair rugby team, and has been a wheelchair rugby player since the mid-90s. “The 20 years of wheelchair rugby that I have played has changed my life to be a healthy, active, and competitive one, in which I get to share with the many athletes who play in the sport.”
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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