159 – Ray Arata Co-Founder of The Better Man Movement & Author, Helps Men & Fathers Embrace Their Role in Families & Society

Our guest this week is Ray Arata, co-founder of the Better Man Movement, whose mission is “to Transform Culture Through Heart-Based Leadership.” The Better Man Movement provides resources, support, and community to encourage the involvement of men in creating an inclusive culture. Through their workshops, training, and events, their programming shifts organizations from managing diversity as a necessity to leveraging differences for allyship, connection, and collaboration. We’ll hear all about Ray and his extraordinary life’s work on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Better Man Movement: www.bettermanconference.com Ray’s book, “Wake Up, Man Up, Step Up: Transforming Your Wake-Up Call into

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153 – Ray Morris, Former Firefighter, Father To A Son With Hemimegaloencephaly & Founder of Dads 4 Special Kids

Our guest this week is SFN Mentor Father Ray Morris, a former firefighter who does contract work for FEMA. Ray has two boys, including older son Zachary (32) who was diagnosed with Hemimegaloencephaly, a rare condition where one half of the brain is larger than the other. Ray shares how growing up with a dad who became a quadriplegic at 29 was foreshadowing for the experience he and his wife, Kelly, would have raising a son with severe special needs. Ray talks about his faith and in a very authentic way, how he grieved the loss of the life he anticipated

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151 – Rolando Lopez – On A Mission To Rescue Youth & Women From Sex & Human Trafficking

Our guest this week is Rolando ‘Ro’ Lopez. Ro is a retired FBI special agent who rescues victims of child sex trafficking through the Freedom Shield Foundation. He’s a man on a mission: to save as many of these youth and young adults as he can. It’s a truly inspiring story and you’ll hear it on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Freedom Shield Foundation – https://www.freedomshieldfoundation.com 1565 W. Main Street ,Suite 208-105, Lewisville, Texas 75067 YouTube List of Freedom Shield videos – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUXpLQKZywKwZ1Wg0QaepyQ/videos Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, & Justice (AFRJ) – https://www.afrj.com Engage Together – https://engagetogether.com Rescue Her – https://www.rescueher.org Hawkwood Group – https://www.hawkwoodgroupllc.com

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148 – Ruslan Vasyutin of Kiev, Ukraine Has A Daughter With Cerebral Palsy & Is An Outspoken Advocate For Special Needs

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Ruslan Vasyutin, a native Ukrainian businessman who has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy. In his mission to provide support, Ruslan formed DCP Help, a country-wide NGO, to aid parents of kids with special needs. We’ll hear Ruslan’s life story and more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Check out DCP Help’s website: https://www.dcp-help.com/en Find out about the Orange Penguin Foundation: https://www.orangepenguin.org/ Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working tirelessly to research, develop and bring forward

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147 – Azim Khamisa – Lost His Son To Gun Violence & Through TKF.org Has Reached Millions About Forgiveness & Teaching Non-Violence

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Azim Khamisa. Azim was born in Kenya and is a successful international businessman. In 1995, Azim’s world was turned upside down when his 20-year-old son Tariq was murdered by a 14-year-old gang member. Azim now dedicates his life on the concept of forgiveness and helping others to avoid similar violent tragedies. In fact, Azim has befriended his son’s killer and his grandfather. It’s an incredible story about a truly special man and it’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. CBS video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBDeFi-04VM NBC video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKJSOHigxhI Tariq Khamisa

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146 – Larry Kaufman, Author & LinkedIn Expert Sheds Light On Overcoming Bullying

Our guest this week on the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Larry Kaufman. Larry talks to us about an issue we haven’t discussed before, the problem of bullying. Larry grew up being bullied and coincidentally so has his son, Matt. We’ll hear their stories and how they deal with this difficult issue. Larry is also the author of the book “The NCG Factor: A Formula for Building Life-Changing Relationships from College to Retirement.” Larry is also a LinkedIn expert with 30,000 connections. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To learn more about Larry

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145 – Jeremy Kredlo of Seattle, WA Is Raising His Two Granddaughters with Special Needs

Our guest this week on the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast is Jeremy Kredlo. Jeremy is single and has two granddaughters with special needs, making Jeremy a senior member of the Special Fathers Network, a Special Grandfather, if you will. He also spends a great deal of time helping other dads at the Washington State Fathers Network and Arc of King County. We’ll hear all about his life and what makes him tick on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Find out about the Washington State Fathers Network: https://fathersnetwork.org Find out about the Parent to Parent Program at the Arc

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144 – Andy McCall of Greeneville, TN, Father of Three, Lost His Oldest Child Before Her 2nd Birthday

Our guest this week is Andy McCall of Greenville, TN. Andy is a career teacher and coach who has three children, including daughter, Penelope, who, sadly, passed away at age two, due to severe special needs and cancer. Andy kept a blog during Penelope’s life, which he turned into a book entitled, Pigtails & Steel, which is available on Amazon. His experience has led to his dedication as a volunteer at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as well as with Dads of Steele, a charity that supports dads who have lost a child. Andy credits his family, his faith and The

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143 – Warren Rustand: Husband, Father, Grandfather, Leader & Role Model To Countless Others – Part 2

This week we’ll hear the final installment of David Hirsch’s conversation with Warren Rustand. Warren has led an exemplary life. He’s been a serial entrepreneur, a former White House Fellow, former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, past CEO of the World Presidents Organization, a frequent speaker, a grandfather of nineteen and a father of seven. This week, in part two, we’ll hear about Warren’s son, Scott, who has special needs. We’ll also hear tips on how to live a healthy productive life, with his five life principles. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. https://www.warrenrustand.com

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142 – Warren Rustand: Husband, Father, Grandfather, Leader & Role Model To Countless Others – Part 1

Our guest this week is legendary Warren Rustand. Warren’s career is as varied as it is interesting. He’s been a serial entrepreneur, served on 50 for-profit and non-profit boards, a former White House Fellow, former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, past CEO of the World Presidents Organization, a frequent speaker, grandfather of nineteen, father of 7, including a son with special needs. and most recently author of the book: The Leader Within Us: Mindset, Principals & Tools for Life By Design. He and Carson, his wife of 56 years, have led an extraordinary life and we’ll hear all about

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135 – Rob Kenney ‘The YouTube Dad’ & Creator Of The ‘Dad How Do I?’ Video Series With Over 3M Subscribers

Our guest on this Dad to Dad Podcast is Rob Kenney of Seattle, WA, who is also known as ‘The YouTube Dad’ with over 3 million subscribers. Rob has created more than 60 ‘Dad How Do I?’ videos that have taken off in popularity during the COVID pandemic. We’ll hear about Rob’s faith and how the pandemic has brought him a huge internet following. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Rob’s 6 point mission statement: 1. Share God’s love2. Provide a safe space for anybody to learn3. Promote Kindness4. Encourage Other Dads5. Maintain trust with your

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127 – Dr. Bob Franks – President & CEO of The Judge Baker Children’s Center & Author of: Be A Better Parent

Our guest this week on The Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Dr. Bob Franks, who is a nationally recognized child psychologist, is the president and CEO of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, is on the clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School and author of Be A Better Parent: 10 Strategies For Being The Best You Can Be For Your Child. Bob is also the father of twin teenage boys adopted from Columbia, and a daughter, who vey sadly passed away shortly after birth, 18 years ago, due to underdeveloped lungs. We’ll hear his fascinating story on this Special

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064 – Shane Lee, father of 5 children, 3 diagnosed with SMA including Jocelyn, who sadly passed away at age 4 1/2

On this Dad to Dad podcast host David Hirsch talks to Shane Lee, a systems administrator and a father of five, including Jocelyn, who sadly passed away at age 4 ½ from complications related to Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We’ll hear the amazing story of the Lee family and their travails and triumphs over SMA on this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 64 – Shane Lee, father of 5 children, 3 diagnosed with SMA including Jocelyn, who sadly passed away at age 4 1/2 Shane Lee: She changed, not only our life,

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063 – Kelly Moynihan, special father of Nicki who has Down Syndrome with some great advice.

Meet Kelly Moynihan, a retired oil industry veteran and a father of three, including Nicki who has Down Syndrome. Kelly has some sage advice for fathers of kids with special needs and he’s our guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 63 – Kelly Moynihan, special father of Nicki who has Down Syndrome with some great advice. Kelly Moynihan: The other thing about having a mentally disabled individual in your family, you know, they bring you down to earth every now and then our daughter enjoys the simple things in life. So to watch her have

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061 – Jason Lehmbeck’s son Noah has Fox-G1, a rare genetic disorder.

On this Dad to Dad podcast host David Hirsch talks to Jason Lehmbeck a father of three children, including Noah, who was diagnosed with Fox G1, a rare genetic disorder. We’ll hear about Jason’s family and his career, including the founding of team Special X, helping parents get the best care for their children with special needs. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network.  Transcript: Dad to Dad 61 – Jason Lehmbeck’s son Noah has Fox-G1, a rare genetic disorder. Jason Lehmbeck: Have a 911 call list when you’re going through these darker

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060 – Martin Cuevas: One of his 4 year old twin daughters has the rare Pitt Hopkins Syndrome

On this Dad to Dad podcast host David Hirsch talks to Martin Cuevas, father of twin 4-year-old girls, one of whom has the incredibly rare Pitt Hopkins syndrome. We’ll hear how Martin and his wife Amy dealt with this devastating news and how close family makes their life much easier. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 60 – Martin Cuevas: One of his 4 year old twin daughters has the rare Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Martin Cuevas: And that’s when life changes again. Cause I remember that I believe

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049 – Haki Nkrumah is devoted to helping teen fathers.

In this Dad to Dad Podcast we hear from the inexhaustible Haki Nkrumah, who has devoted his life to helping young fathers be better dads. Haki started the charitable organization Young Fathers of Central Florida, and he helps young dads with multiple programs addressing the most serious young fatherhood issues. It’s a great story and one you should hear on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 49 – Haki Nkrumah is devoted to helping teen fathers. Haki Nkrumah: We got to keep our kids alive from domestic violence, domestic abuse. We have to fight for all that.

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