281 – Jeff Wickersham of Royersford, PA A High Performance Coach, Founder Of The Warrior Dad Experience, Author, Father Of 2

Our guest this week is Jeff Wickersham of Royersford, PA, who is a high performance coach, founder of the Warrior Dad Experience and father of two. Jeff and his wife, Heather, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of two boys: Jackson (15) and Carter (13), who has Crohn’s Disease. Occupationally, Jeff is a sought-after mental toughness and peak performance coach who specializes in helping clients intentionally step into the best version of themselves personally and professionally, guiding his clients to install habits and systems that set them up for success. Vocationally, Jeff has been called

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280 – Sarah Glofcheskie of Toronto, Canada, Founder of BeMe.ai & Single Mother Of A Daughter With Autism

Our guest this week is Sarah Glofcheskie of Toronto, Canada, who is the single mother of a daughter with Autism, a serial entrepreneur, and founder of BeMe, an Autism innovation company. Sarah and her x-husband, who remains a very involved father, were married for six years and are the proud parents of Flynn (12) who is Autistic. Informed by her experience as the mother of a child with Autism, Sarah founded BeMe.ai a company whose mission is to empower Autistic individuals, their families and care team with the tools they need to thrive. BeMe combines medical, behavioral and environmental factors

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279 – Tim Coughlin A U.S. Xpat in London, England, An ED with Morgan Stanley & Father Of Two Including One Diagnosed With BBSOAS.

Our guest this week is Tim Coughlin a U.S. x-Pat in London, England who works at Morgan Stanley as head of the Commodity and Infrastructure Finance Group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Tim and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for eight years and are the proud parents of two young girls: Alice (4) and Edith (2), who was diagnosed with BBSOAS or Bosch-Boonstra-Schaff Optic Atrophy Syndrome, a very rare neurological disorder caused by a disruption in the NR2F1 gene.Tim was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ. Jennifer is from England and worked in the U.S. at UBS

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278 – Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI Whose Daughter With Angelman Syndrome, Very Sadly Passed Away In August

Listen to “Dad to Dad 278 – Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI Whose Daughter With Angelman Syndrome, Very Sadly Passed Away In August” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI who is a Business Sales Representative with Access Health and the father of daughter with Angelman Syndrome, who very sadly passed away in August, after a brief illness. Adam and his wife, Nicole, have been married for 4 years and are the proud parents of Maddie who was born in June 2020, was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at 18 months and who, very sadly, passed

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277 – Gus Aguilera of Oak Harbor, WA A Cinematic Special Effects Editor, Single Father of 3 Including A Son With Down Syndrome

Listen to “Dad to Dad 277 – Gus Aguilera of Oak Harbor, WA A Cinematic Special Effects Editor, Single Father of 3 Including A Son With Down Syndrome” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is Gus Aguilera of Oak Harbor, WA who is a cinematic special effects, IT specialist and a father of three children including a son who has Down Syndrome. Gus and his x-wife Bobbie Jo, became teen parents and were married for 36 years, before divorcing earlier this year. They are the proud parents of three children: Cassandra (35), Jordan (27) and Gabriel (14), who has Down

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276 – Paul Carroll, of Situate, RI A Senior Exec at CVS Health, Founder of AutismDadvocate & Father Of An Autistic Son

Our guest this week is Paul Carroll, of Situate, RI who is senior HR director at CVS Health, founder of Autism Dadvocate and father of an Autistic son. Paul and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 20 years and are the proud parents of Vaughan(16) who is Autistic. Professionally, Paul is an Executive Director of Talent Manager at CVS Health. Informed by being a father to a neurodiverse child and guided by his faith, Paul has been called to create AutismDadvocate.org, a non-profit an online support forum for dads with children with autism and about the commonalities we all

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275 – Nate Boltz of Anchorage, AK Executive Director at Challenge Alaska & Father Of Two, Including One With Spina Bifida

Our guest this week is Nate Boltz of Anchorage, AK who is executive director at Challenge Alaska and father of two, including one with Spina Bifida. Nate and his wife, Leah, have been married for 20 years and are the proud parents of two: Adeline (5) and Anna (16) who has Spina Bifida. Born in Bozeman, MT and raised in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Nate has always enjoyed the outdoors and athletics, including: skiing, hiking and endurance sports. Challenge Alaska is a non-profit dedicated to adaptive athletics and therapeutic recreation. Leah is also co-founder of Parks for All, a non-profit that

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274 – Brady Murray of Salt Lake City, A Financial Executive, Father To 11 Children, Including Two With Down Syndrome

Our guest this week is Brady Murray of Salt Lake City, who is father to 11 children, a managing director at Capstone Partners a Mass Mutual General Agent, founder of RODS Heroes as well as the Special Abilities Network. Brady and his wife, Andrea, have been married for 21 years and are the proud parents of 11 children. By age they are: Brinley (17), Nash (16), Ridge (13), Copper (11), Mason (8), Willow (6) and Olivia (5) and as this episode gets published the couple is in Columbia adopting four siblings: John (16), Jarrow (14), Sandra (15) and Roccio (10).

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273 – Rob Billerbeck of Lakewood, CO, Father Of Three Including A Son With Down Syndrome & Child Who Is Non-Binary

Our guest this week is Rob Billerbeck of Lakewood, CO who works for the National Park Service in Colorado. Rob and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of three children; a daughter, a son who has Down Syndrome and a third who is non-binary. Rob reflects on being the 9th of nine children and the impact that losing a sister in a car accident and a brother to suicide. Rob also reflects on the challenges they have encountered as parents, the organizations that played an influential role and very humbly, how his

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272 – Father Medard Laz of Ft. Lauderdale, A Retired Catholic Priest, Serial Social Entrepreneur & Author Of Nine Books – Part 2

Our guest this week is Father Medard Laz of Ft. Lauderdale, FL a retired Catholic priest for the Archdioscese of Chicago, founding pastor of Holy Family Church in Inverness Illinois, the author of nine books and a serial social entrepreneur. His achievements are many; so many in fact, that we’re presenting his conversation with David Hirsch in two parts. This week in part 2, we’ll hear about Father Laz’s not for profit ventures, his many books and more. Father Med is the founder of many non-profits, including: Rainbows For All Children Joyful Again Treats For The Soul Hearts For Humanity

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271 – Father Medard Laz of Ft. Lauderdale, A Retired Catholic Priest, Serial Social Entrepreneur & Author Of Nine Books

Our guest this week is Father Medard Laz of Ft. Lauderdale, FL a retired Catholic priest for the Archdioscese of Chicago, founding pastor of Holy Family Church in Inverness Illinois, the author of nine books and a serial social entrepreneur. His achievements are many; so many in fact, that we’re presenting his conversation with David Hirsch in two parts. In this first installment we’ll hear about his home life growing up and the beginnings of a spiritual journey to help those in need. Father Med is the founder of many non-profits, including: Rainbows For All Children Joyful Again Treats For

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270 – Eric Swithin of Florence, AL Founder Of Outdoor Adventures, Filmmaker & Outspoken Advocate For The Fatherless

Our guest this week is Eric Swithin of Florence, AL a retired U.S. Marine, a former youth pastor, now founder and executive director of Outdoor Adventures as well as The Alliance For Ending The Fatherless Epidemic. Eric and his wife, Kameron, have been married for 14 years and are the proud parents of two children: Mason (6) and McKinzie (4). After some formative years in the U.S. Marines and serving as a youth pastor, Eric has found his calling: to end the fatherless epidemic through mentorship. Eric is the founder and executive director of Outdoor Adventures and creator of the

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269 – Eric Jorgensen of Frederick, MD A Retired Navy Vet, Widower & Father Of A Son With Autism Offers Disability Planning Advice

Our guest this week is Eric Jorgensen of Frederick, MD a retired Navy veteran, widower, founder of True North Disability Planning, cancer survivor and father of two, including a son with Autism. Eric and his wife, Christine, were married for 12 years before, very sadly, she passed away in April 2012, after a short battle with HLH (Hemophagocytic Lympho Histiocystosis), a rare autoimmune disease. They are the proud parents of two; including William (23), who has Autism, is non-verbal with learning & intellectual disabilities, and mental health challenges. Eric reflects on his 20+ years in the Navy and work aboard

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268 – Tony Brescia of West Dundee, IL Father Of Two Including A Son With Tubular Sclerosis & Co-Chair Of Project Alex Communities

Our guest this week is Tony Brescia of West Dundee, IL who owns a Hallmark store, is the father of two including a son with Tuberous Sclerosis, and more recently is raising funds to create Project ALEX Communities, a unique residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Tony and his wife, Joelle, have been married for 34 years and are the proud parents of two boys: Jason (28) and Alex (32) who was born with Tuberous Sclerosis, a rare genetic disease that causes non-cancerous (benign) tumors to grow in the brain and several areas of the body, including the spinal

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267 – Jeff Zaugg of Minneapolis, MN, Father Of Four, Founder Of Fathers For The Fatherless & Host Of The Dad Awesome Podcast

Our guest this week is Jeff Zaugg of Minneapolis, MN, a former pastor of family ministries, a fatherhood advocate and host of the DadAwesome Podcast. Jeff and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of four daughters: Kiva (9), Ruthie (6), Raya (4) and Zara (2). Jeff has been an outspoken advocate for fathers and is founder of Fathers for the Fatherless, a non-profit dedicated to: activate dads to lead with wonder—building intentional connection with their kids while experiencing God’s awesomeness together. Jeff is also the host of the DadAwesome Podcast now with

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266 – Dan Redfield of Anchorage, AK A Filmmaker & Father of Three Including Ava, Who Passed Away From Infantile Tay-Sachs at Six

Our guest this week is Dan Redfield of Anchorage, AK who is an Emmy nominated filmmaker and the father of three children. Dan and his wife, Kristen, have been married for two years and are proud parents of three children; Henry (8 mo.), Reagan (3) and Ava, who very sadly passed away in November 2021 at age six, after suffering from Infantile Tay-Sachs, a rare inherited genetic disease. We’ll hear how Dan developed a passion for film making and how that led to the creation of the PBS documentary film ‘Granted,’ which led to creating short documentary films for other

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265 – Krista Mason of Holland, MI Founder Of Benjamin’s Hope Named After Son Benjamin, Who Is Autistic

Our guest this week is Krista Mason, of Holland, Michigan, a Christian, wife and mother. Krista and her husband, David have been married for 32 years and are the proud parent of two boys: James (29) and Benjamin (27), who has Autism and developmental delays. Krista is also the co-founder of Benjamin’s Hope, a live, learn, play, worship farmstead community where people of all abilities are transformed by the love Christ. The Ben’s Hope Way: Committed to loving God and others,we fiercely respect the dignity intelligence and value of all humans. We are creative, courageous and committed to excellence. Through

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264 – Siggi Thorseinn-Gudmunsson of Akranes, Iceland A Father Of Five Including Four With Special Needs

Our guest this week is Siggi Thosseinn-Gudmundson of Akranes, Iceland who is a healthcare professional and father of five including four with special needs. Siggi and his wife, Fridur, have known each other since they were 15 years of age and have been married for 8 years. They are the proud parents of five children: Sittimfia (7), who has ADHD, Gudmuntuk (12), who is Autistic and non-verbal, Kolbrun (14) who has Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism, and Matthias (16) who has Autism. Very sadly they lost your first child, Oscar, at 24 weeks gestation more than 15 years ago. We’ll hear

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263 – Hutch Matteson of Cummings, GA A Career Pastor, Father Of Four & Founder of The Pier Foundation For People Disabilities

Our guest this week is Hutch Matteson of Cummings, GA a pastor for 37 years and more recently the founder of The Pier Center Foundation, opening doors for adults with intellectual disabilities. Hutch and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of four children; Julia (26), Jenna (28), Jonathan (30) and Josh (33), who has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear about the poor advice the Mattesons received shortly after Josh’s birth about all the things Josh would be unable to do. We learn about the supporting organizations that Josh benefited from, including: High Hope Early Intervention, Special Olympics, and their GA-based

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262 – Adam Terry of Nashville, TN Father of Three Including A Son With Noonan Syndrome & A Traumatic Brain Injury

Our guest this week is Adam Terry of Nashville, TN who is the director of business analytics at Adhere Health in Nashville. Adam and his wife Catherine have been married for 18 years and are the rpuod parents of three children; Brooke (6), Callie (9) and Will (12), who has Noonan Syndrome, a genetic condition that stops typical development in various parts of the body. More recently Will suffered a traumatic brain injury. We’ll hear the Terry family story, including how their faith has helped them cope with Will’s injury. That’s all in this episode of the Special Fathers Network

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261 – Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL (Part 2) Real Estate Artist, Best-Selling Author, Philanthro-Capitalist, Ultramarathoner

Our guest this week is Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL a father, real estate artist, eight time best-selling author, philanthro-capitalist & 12 time badwater135 ultramarathon competitor. This is part two of a two part interview. In last week’s episode we heard Frank talk about the first of his his five aspirations, the importance of family. In part two we’ll hear more about Frank’s other four aspirations, the role of faith and much more. Frank and his wife Nilsa have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of Laura (24). Professionally, Frank has built and renovated 44

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260 – Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL Father, Real Estate Artist, Best-Selling Author, Philanthro-Capitalist & Ultramarathoner

Our guest this week is Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL a father, real estate artist, eight time best-selling author, philanthro-capitalist & 12 time badwater135 ultramarathon competitor. Frank and his wife Nilsa have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of Laura (24). Professionally, Frank has built and renovated 44 ocean-front mansions with an average selling price of $44M. He is known as a real artist with a flair for creating these one of a kind master pieces and for the way he markets them. Frank is also the best-selling author of eight books in 5 different

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259 – Ryan Wolfe of Canton, OH Is President & Executive Director Of Ability Ministry, Equipping Churches To Embrace Disability

Our guest this week is Ryan Wolfe of Canton, OH, who is a minister as well president and executive director of Ability Ministry, founded in 1983, an independent Christian nonprofit that provides resources, curriculum, training, and residential services designed to equip and empower the disability community.. Ryan and his wife Melissa have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of two children, Rocco (16) and Zoey (14) who is dislexia. We’ll hear all about Ryan and his work on this week’s Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links –Email – ryan@ccdmonline.orgLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-wolfe-a121021a/Website – https://abilityministry.com/Disabililty is Beautiful – https://disabilityisbeautiful.comFacebook

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258 – Ben Mattlin of Los Angeles, CA, Author & Disability Advocate Reflects On Life Over 60 Years With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Our guest this week is Ben Mattlin of Los Angeles, CA a disability advocate, an author, educator and writer. Ben was born in New York City in 1962 with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a congenital muscle weakness. He attended the Walden School, Rudolf Steiner High School, and Harvard University, graduating cum laude. Ben and his wife, Mary, have been married for 34 years and are the proud parents of two adult daughters. Ben is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Financial Advisor magazine. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, and The Washington Post, to

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257 – David Ross of Little Hampton, England, A Rare Disease Advocate Reflects On His Cowden Syndrome Diagnosis

Our guest this week is David Ross of Little Hampton, England. David is a rare disease advocate for mens mental health. He plans and hosts valuable international support calls focused on men in the rare disease community. David also has a rare disease himself called Cowden Syndrome, a rare genetic inherited condition. People with Cowden syndrome often have many noncancerous, tumor-like growths. They may also have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Experts estimate it affects 1 in 200,000 people. The condition often goes underdiagnosed because some healthcare providers may not recognize its symptoms. David reflects on the relationship

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