170 – Paul Mannino, CFO At The Archdiocese of Chicago And Father Of Four, Including A Daughter With Down Syndrome

Our guest this week is Paul Mannino of Libertyville, IL, who is CFO at the Archdiocese of Chicago and the father of four, including Sofia (18) who has Down syndrome. Paul talks very openly and authentically about his career, which included overseas assignments, his family and recent divorce. We’ll hear Paul’s story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulvmannino/ Western DuPage Special Recreation Association – https://www.warrenvilleparks.org/programs/wdsra/ Transcript: Coming Soon

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169 – Frederick Jefferson of Houston, TX – Army Veteran & Founder Of Man II Man, A Group For Dads Raising Children With Autism

Our guest this week is Frederick Jefferson of Houston, TX, who is the father of three, an Army veteran, retiree from the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons and founder of Man II Man, a non-profit effort serving families raising children with special needs. Frederick was inspired to create Man II Man based on his experience raising his daughter, Jasmine (22), who has Autism. We’ll hear Frederick’s story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Blue Skies Over Autism – http://blueskyesoverautism.com/index.html Man II Man. http://blueskyesoverautism.com/man-ii-man-support-group.html Transcript: Coming Soon!

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168 – John Rosemond, Family Psychologist, Author, Speaker & ‘America’s Most Widely Read Parenting Expert’

Our guest this week is John Rosemond of New Bern, NC, who is the father of two, grandfather of seven, a licensed family psychologist, the author of a dozen books on childrearing, a widely syndicated columnist, a sought after speaker and by some measure: “America’s Most Widely Read Parenting Expert.” Some of the book titles include: “Grandma Was Right After all” “Parenting By The Book” and“The Well Behaved Child” John is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers nationwide and has the longest running continuous newspaper column, for a record breaking 45 years. We’ll hear his thoughts on raising children, the importance of

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167 – Mike Ensminger of Conroe, TX – A Stepfather To Three, Including A Son With Autism, Shares His Journey

Our guest this week is Mike Ensminger of Conroe, TX. Mike is the father of three, including Aaron, 15, who is autistic. We’ll hear about Mike’s journey as a stepfather to a child with special needs, about his faith walk and much more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Blue Skies Over Autism – http://blueskyesoverautism.com Night of Superstars Houston – http://www.nightofsuperstars.org/houston/ Autism On The Seas – https://autismontheseas.com Mike’s Cell # – 469-733-7364 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 medicines for people

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166 – Dr. Taruj Ali – Father of Three & A Pulmonologist Reflects On Raising A Son With Severe Autism

Our guest this week is Dr. Taruj Ali, a pulmonologist and father of three, including Daanish (20) who has severe Autism and is non-verbal. We’ll hear the Ali family story and with the help of organizations like MUHSEN, the PANDAS Center and Autism Society of Central VA, how they have helped Daanish live a happy and satisfying life. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. MUHSEN – www.muhsen.org The Autism Society of Central Virginia: https://ascv.org PANDAS Center, Richmond, VA – https://www.medicinenet.com/pandas/richmond-va_city.htm Transcript: Coming Soon

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165 – Chad Lunt of Menlo Park, CA Reflects On Raising A Daughter with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Our guest this week is Chad Lunt of Menlo Park, CA. Chad is married to Cherisse and they have three children including Lucy, age 12, who has Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy. We’ll hear how the Lunt family through their faith, along with help from the Tess Research Foundation, the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation and the miracle drug Spinraza has helped Lucy overcome. And about their hopes for the future in this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Tess Research Foundation – https://www.tessresearch.org Gwendolyn Strong Foundation – https://nevergiveup.org Email Chad – chad.t.lunt@gmail.com Cherisse’s Instagram: @chertlunt Transcript: Coming Soon

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164 Brian Martin – Father Of Twin Boys Born at 23 Weeks Weighing A Total Of 28 Ounces, The Smallest Ever To Survive & Thrive

Our guest this week is Special Father Brian Martin, father of eighteen-year-old twins born at 23 weeks, weighing 11 ounces and 1 lb 1 once, the smallest surviving twins on record. We’ll hear about health issues they experienced after birth and how they are persevering despite Tyler’s Autism and Calahan’s Cerebral Palsy. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast LindedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-martin-06774470/ On Instagram send a direct message to Brian at: #bmartinsports Parents of Exceptional Children – https://www.tricountyresourcenet.org/search/bernards-parents-for-exceptional-children-pec/ A Seat At The Table Foundation Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/A-Seat-at-the-Table-Foundation-2054459918183793/?ref=page_internal Transcript: Coming Soon

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163 – Jim Stovall Founder Of The Narrative TV Network, Author of 51 Books And Gifted Speaker, Despite Being Blind.

Sometimes you come across a person who seems almost superhuman. A person who overcomes every obstacle thrown their way and constantly breaks new ground. Today’s guest is such a person. Jim Stovall, who lost his sight before age 30 is founder of the Emmy Award winning Narrative Television Network, author of 51 books, many of which have been made into major motion pictures, including “The Ultimate Gift.” Jim is also a voracious reader, reading one book a day for the past 25 years. Jim is a gifted and inspiring speaker, who is respected by people around the world. It is with

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162 – Bailey Pratt, Father of Three, Co-Founder of The Jiselle Lauren Foundation, Named After His Daughter with Rett Syndrome

Our guest this week is Bailey Pratt of Franklin, TN. Bailey and his wife Jill are parents to three children, including Jiselle who has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological genetic disorder that causes severe muscle movement disability. We’ll hear the Pratt family story including the creation of The Jiselle Lauren Foundation on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. The Jiselle Lauren Foundation – https://www.thejisellelaurenfoundation.org FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/watch/thejisellelaurenfoundation/ Email – bailey.pratt@thejisellelaurenfoundation.org International Rett Syndrome Foundation – https://www.rettsyndrome.org Rett University – https://rettuniversity.org Transcript: Coming Soon

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161 – Canadian Entrepreneur Chris Jones, Father of Two, Including A Son With Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Our guest this week is Canadian entrepreneur Chris Jones, father of two boys; Trey (14) and Derek (17), who has Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia. Interestingly, DCD impacts 1:20 youth, three times more prevalent than Autism, but goes mostly undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed. We’ll hear about Chris, his family, his experience as a successful entrepreneur, his passion for coaching business owners and entrepreneurs and DCD. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Strategic Traction – www.StrategicTraction.ca EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Worldwide – https://www.eosworldwide.com Dyspraxia Foundation (UK) – https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia/ Dr. Pauline Kamps – https://drkamps.ca Book by Dr. Pauline Kamps –

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160 Osman Arain – A Financial Advisor of Pakistani Descent Reflects on Raising a Child Who is a Spastic Quad with CP & Autism

Our guest this week is Osman Arain, who is the father of four including Sarina, his oldest, who is a spastic quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Osman was born in Scotland, raised in England and moved to U.S. where he went to college at Dartmouth and graduate school at Columbia. He is a financial advisor with Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management in Evanston, IL. Osman reflects on his marriage to his lovely wife, Saba, being the father of four girls and the challenges of maintaining work-life and family balance We’ll hear Osman’s family story on this Special Fathers Network

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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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158 – Tom Hamilton’s Daughter, Betheny, Lost An Arm In A Shark Attack At 13 & Has Inspired Others Around The World To Overcome

Listen to “Dad to Dad 158 – Tom Hamilton’s Daughter, Betheny, Lost An Arm In A Shark Attack At 13 & Has Inspired Others Around The World To Overcome” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is Tom Hamilton. Tom has three children, one of whom, Bethany, is a champion surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack at age 13. But that didn’t stop Bethany! She still surfs, she’s had her story told in books and movies and has dedicated her life to helping others. Her Dad Tom is our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad

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157 – Mary Anne Ehlert, Founder of Protected Tomorrows – Reflects On Life & Lessons Learned From Her Sister With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Mary Anne Ehlert, founder of Protected Tomorrows. Mary Anne reflects on the impact serving as a caregiver for her younger sister, Marsha, as well as her parents, on being a stepmother and raising three boys with a wide range of needs and her work helping and guiding special needs families via the Ehlert Financial Group and her website protectedtomorrows.com. She’s written numerous books on the subject and is a highly sought after public speaker and this week she’s talking with us on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Find about the Special Life Workbook

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156 – Kyle Malone of Indianapolis, Father of Two, Including A Son Who Is An Elite Track Star & Legally Blind

Our SFN Mentor Father this week is Kyle Malone of Indianapolis has two children: Zion (12) and Noah (19). We’ll hear about the Malone family and how Noah has overcome his inability to see and is setting records in track at Indiana State University, participating in the Paralympics and his TEDx Talk. It’s an uplifting and inspiring story and you’ll hear it on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Contact Kyle at: K.Malone@me.com Noah’s TEDx Talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQRxEkxhY7w WTHR 13 Video – https://www.wthr.com/video/news/local/the-amazing-noah-malone/531-6be42a1d-c32d-4580-a6ff-3e42900a241c Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired – https://www.in.gov/isbvi/ Lebers – https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/6870/leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy Fishers Disability Council – https://fishers.in.us/999/March-Disability-Awareness Transcript: Coming Soon

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155 – Jeff Johnson of Anderson, SC, Father of Two, Including A Son With Hydrocephalus & Encephalocele

Our guest this week is Jeff Johnson of Anderson, SC. Jeff and his wife Michelle are parents of two boys, one of whom, Daniel, has hydrocephalus and encephalocele, and is unable to walk or talk. We’ll hear the Johnson family story, about their faith walk, Ainsley’s Angles and about how a new computer gives the family new hope. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. To find out more about Family Connections of South Carolina go to: https://www.familyconnectionsc.org To find out more about Ainsley’s Angels go to: https://www.ainsleysangels.org Eye Gaze – https://eyegaze.com Encephalocele – https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/encephalocele/ Hydrocephalous – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hydrocephalus/symptoms-causes/syc-20373604 Jeff email: mic1dan2@bellsouth.net Transcript:

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154 – Shane Madden of Collierville, TN – Works At Pfizer And Has A Son With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Shane Madden who works at Pfizer and is father to Marshall (6), who has Cerebral Palsy. We’ll hear how Shane and his wife, Emily, have raised young Marshall, about their aspirations and hopes for the future. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – https://www.lebonheur.org The Therapy Hut – https://www.therapyhut.com Live It Up (formerly United CP of mid south) – https://www.livitupinc.org Katie Beckett Waiver – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Beckett_Medicaid_waiver Shane’s email – dmadden79@aol.com Transcript: Coming Soon

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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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152 – Jeremy Meinhardt, A Financial Advisor With Edward Jones Has A Daughter With Spina Bifida Who Loves To Play Wheelchair Basketball

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Jeremy Meinhardt. Jeremy and his wife Meg have two children, Beck, 15 and Nellie, 12, who has Spina Bifida. We’ll hear about Jeremy, his Dad, his family and how Nellie loves to play wheelchair basketball. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Illinois Spina Bifida Association: https://i-sba.org Synergy Special Recreation DuPage: https://www.nedsra.org/participate/synergy-adaptive-athletics/ … See More Transcript: Coming Soon

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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.com1565 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 A21

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150 – Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL Father of Four Including a Son With Autism

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL. Mitch and his wife Ellen have four children including 14-year-old Davis who has severe Autism and is non-verbal. We’ll hear Mitch’s story including his work with the Peace of Heart Autism Community and Ellen’s work with the Tim Tebow Foundation. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Tim Tebow Foundation; https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ Special Nation: http://www.specialnation.org/ Peace of Heart: https://www.pohc.org/ Email Mitch at: mitchg@revmedgroup.com Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working tirelessly to

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149 – Felimon Hernandez of Olympia, WA Father Three Including Twins; One With Spina Bifida & The Other With Epilepsy

Our guest this week is Felimon Hernandez of Olympia, Washington. Felimon is a graphic designer and photographer. He and his wife Cecilia have three children including 8-year-old twins Lalo, has epipelsey and Adelina who has Spina Bifida. We’ll hear Felimon’s story and how he and his family have cared for the twins. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Check out Felimon’s website: https://felimonfoto.com Washington State Fathers Network: https://fathersnetwork.org South Sound Parent to Parent program: https://www.ssp2p.org Attend the May 15th SFN Dads Virtual Conference. Register for FREE at https://www.21stCenturyDads.org. About the Special Fathers Network –SFN is a dad to dad

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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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