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Author, entrepreneur, Emmy-winning producer, award-winning blogger, and inspirational speaker Shane Burcaw takes a humorous approach to deal with and overcome problems in his life. Since birth, Shane has been battling spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that affects voluntary muscle movement and progressively weakens his body. At a young age, Shane started a blog to tell his life story, and the anecdotes he shared satirized the various issues he dealt with. As a 23 year old today, he knows the importance of living life to the fullest, and he decided to enrich the lives of others through his humor.

Shane and his cousin Sarah founded a non profit organization, Laughing at my nightmare, in a mission to spread positivity to others. This company continues to ease the lives of those living with this progressive neuromuscular disease by providing equipment grants. This great cause, as well as Shane’s story, has inspired everyone who has had the opportunity to listen to a man as extraordinary as Shane Burcaw.

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