189 – Amjad Farah, of Livonia, MI Father Of Three Including A Son With Epilepsy & Cognitive Impairment

Our guest this week is Amjad Farah, of Livonia, MI who is a global account director at PPG. Amjad and his wife Buthayna, have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of three children: Amal (26), Sadallah (25) and Abdullah (19) who was diagnosed with Epilepsy and moderate to severe cognitive impairment. We’ll hear Ahmad’s family story, their immigration from the West Bank in Palestine, and more this week on the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links: Muhsen – https://muhsen.orgARC of NW Wayne County – https://thearcnw.orgEarly On Intervention MI – https://www.1800earlyon.orgEmail – Amjad.farah5@gmail.comLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/amjad-farah-a0975643/ Transcript: Coming Soon

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188 – Tom D’Amato of St. Charles, IL, A Patent Advocate At Horizon Therapeutics, Serving Those With Special Healthcare Needs

Our guest this week is Tom D’Amato of St. Charles, IL who is a Patient Advocate at Horizon Therapeutics, a company dedicated to delivering medicines for rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases. Tom and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years are the proud parents of three, including two of whom have special healthcare needs. Callie has a rare kidney disease, and Brody has Periodic Fever Syndrome, one of only 700 cases worldwide. Tom also reflects on being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and his own treatment regimen. We’ll hear all about that and more on this Special Fathers Network

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187 – Edgar Pacheco, Sr. of Pearland, TX, Father of Three Including Son Edgar, Jr. Who Was Born Without Arms Or Legs

Our guest this week is Edgar Pacheco, Sr., of Pearland, TX, a senior paralegal and father of three, including oldest child Edgar Jr. who was born without arms or legs. We’ll hear the story of the two Edgars, from senior’s growing up in Huatulco, Mexico, his immigration to the U.S., the family’s faith as well as Edgar junior’s knack for politics and how he has been transforming lives. That’s all on this Special Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links:ABC News Story – https://abc13.com/game-changer-edgar-pacheco-tetra-amelia-pearland-texas/5384431/ House Bill 1252 renamed the Edgar Pacheco Bill (2:44 – 2:47)https://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=49&clip_id=16253 Edgar Pacheco Email – edgar__p__m@hotmail.com Edgar’s phone

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186 – Mark Miller of Marietta, GA, Leadership Guru & Author, Chick-fil-A Exec, Enlightened By His Son With Cerebral Palsy & Autism

Our guest this week is Mark Miller, of Marietta, GA a self proclaimed ‘chicken salesman’ and one of the original employees at Chick-fil-A, where he has worked for more than 40 years and currently serves as Vice-President of High Performance Leadership. Mark is a best selling author or co-author of nine books with more than one million copies in print and in 25+ languages. Mark is also a well respected pubic speaker and executive coach who has had the privilege to teach and lead in not-for-profit organizations domestically and globally. Mark and his wife Donna have been married for 39 years

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185 – Lenn Boston of Kalamazoo, MI Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, Father of Four Including A Child With Angelman Syndrome

Our guest this week is Leonard Boston of Kalamazoo, MI, a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, real estate agent, board member of Parent To Parent (P2P) USA, and father of four, including a daughter with Angelman Syndrome. Lenn and his wife, LaTrieva, have been married for 13 years and are the proud parents of four children: Kenyana (31), Ashante (28), Maleek (26) and Chloe(11), who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that mainly effects the nervous system. After serving 20 years in the Navy, Lenn became a real estate agent and also serves on the board of Parent

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184 – Agust Kristmanns of Reykjavik, Iceland, Board Member of Einstokborn, Father of 3, Including a Son with 2Q37 Deletion Syndrome

Our guest this week is Agust Kristmanns, of Reykjavik, Iceland an electrician with three children, including middle child Ingi (20) who was diagnosed with 2Q37 Deletion Syndrome, a rare chromosome condition affecting an estimated 300 people in the world. Because of Ingi’s late diagnosis, at age 11, he was denied access to resources, which prompted the family to sue the education ministry. We’ll hear Agust’s story including his effort to start a Dads Meetup Group in Iceland. It’s a unique tale and one you’ll enjoy on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links:Unique Children of Iceland. (Einstokborn) – https://www.einstokborn.is/is/english

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183 – Jason Hsieh of University Park, WA, Founder of LakiKid & Father of Three, Including a Son With Autism

Our guest this week is Jason Hsieh of University Park, WA. Jason and his wife Miho have been married for 11 years and are the proud parents of three children: Moani (3) who has speech delays, Luana (7) who was diagnosed with Leukemia, and Keanu (10), who has Autism and ADHD. Jason is founder of LakiKid, a company whose motto is to ‘Empower Kids To Have A Life Full Of Possibilities’ and that sells sensory tools and toys that help kids with autism and other special needs at school and at home. Jason is also a member of the first SFN

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182 – Dr. John DeGarmo, of Monticello, GA, Father of Six, Foster Parent to More Than 60 & Outspoken Foster Care Advocate

Our guest this week is Dr. John DeGarmo of Monticello, GA. John and his wife, Kelly, are parents to six children and have opened their hearts and home to more than 60 foster children. John is founder of the Foster Care Institute, the country’s premiere resource for all things foster care. His TEDx Talk entitled: ‘Children In Need: Children Ignored’ has been viewed more than 25K times. John has also authored 11 books about being a foster parent — and he’s our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links:The Foster Care Institute – https://www.drjohndegarmofostercare.com/home.html John’s Facebook Page

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181 – Don ‘DJ’ Joss of Renton, WA Is The Father Of 21, including 14 Adopted Kiddos & 10 with Special Needs

Our guest this week is Don “DJ” Joss, owner of DJ’s Sportscards in Renton, Washington. Don and his wife, Amy, are parents to 21 children, including 14 adopted children (from China, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Taiwan, and Bulgaria) as well as 10 with special needs. We’ll hear Don’s incredible story about opening their home and hearts as well as their faith journey and more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. DJ’s Sportscards – https://djssportscards.com Email – dj@djssportscards.com Phone – 425-235-4357 Apert Syndrome – https://www.healthline.com/health/apert-syndrome Schizencephaly – https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/166/schizencephaly Washington State Fathers Network – https://fathersnetwork.org Seattle Children’s Hospital – https://www.seattlechildrens.org/ Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital – https://www.marybridge.org Transcript: Coming

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180 – Josh Poynter of Bowling Green, KY – The Father Of Two Boys With Hemophilia

David Hirsch’s guest this week on the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast is Josh Poynter of Bowling Green, KY who is an estimator with Snake Steel in Nashville, TN. Josh and his wife, Monica, are parents to two boys, Tag and and their second son, Trey who was adopted from China. Both boys have Hemophilia. We’ll hear the Poynter family story including the inspiration to adopt a second child. We also learn about the Hand in Hand Adoption Agency, Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation and Kosair Children’s Hospital to name a few supporting organizations. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to

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179 – Scott Newport Of Royal Oak, MI, A Carpenter & Father of Three – Lost His Son Evan, At Age 7, To Noonan Syndrome

David Hirsch’s guest this week is Scott Newport, an advocate for those with disabilities and special needs. Scott and his x-wife are parents of three including Evan, who sadly passed away at age 7, after fighting Noonan syndrome. We’ll hear how Scott dealt with this tragic loss, his advocacy for families touched by special health care needs, his writings including being par t of the Chicken Soup For The Soul book, and how he has made unique use of his carpentry skills, on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. YouTube ‘All Around Me’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtTScLpEAfY&t=16s Noonan Syndrome: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/noonan-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20354422 Read about the

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178 – Gary Martinez Of Colorado Springs, A Personal Fitness Trainer, Author & Single Father Of 2, Including A Child With Autism

David Hirsch’s guest this week on The Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Gary Martinez of Colorado Springs, CO, a personal fitness trainer, author and single father of two, including Monica, who is on the Autism Spectrum. We’ll hear how Gary has used his fitness training principles to help train Monica to live a happier and better life as well as how he navigates being an involved single father of two from different mothers. We’ll also hear about his book, “Living Life Through Their Eyes – Our Journey Together On The Autism Spectrum.” That’s all on this SFN Dad

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177 – Louis Geigerman, Founder Of National ARD/IEP, Father Of Two Including A Son With Aspergers Who Tragically Took His Own Life

David Hirsch’s guest this week is Louis Geigerman, founder of National ARD/IEP Advocates, a firm that represents parents of children with special needs in schools throughout Texas. Louis is the father of two, including son Ben, who had Aspergers and tragically took his own life, shortly after graduating cum laude from Texas State University. We’ll hear the Geigerman family story as well as the Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture Series at University of Texas and more on Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) – https://www.copaa.org National ARD/IEP Advocates – http://www.narda.org National Alliance for Mentally Ill – https://www.nami.org

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176 – U.S. Army Colonel Mark Huhtanen Of Columbia, SC Is A 25 Year Combat Veteran With A 15 Year Old Non-Verbal Son With Autism

David Hirsch’s guest this week is Colonel Mark Huhtanen of Columbia, SC, a 25 year combat veteran of the US ARMY, who has served four active duty tours, and is the father of two, including a non-verbal son with Autism. Mark and his wife, Shelly, have been married for 18 years and are the proud parents of two boys;Hayden (17) and Broden (15) who is non-verbal and has Autism. Serving in the military and raising a family presents unique challenges. Raising a child with special needs, while serving in the military requires an extra level of dedication and additional resources like

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175 – Dr. Harsha Rajasimha, Founder of Jeeva Informatics, Lost A Child To Edwards Syndrome (AKA Trisomy 18) Shortly After Birth

Our guest this week is Dr. Harsha Rajasimha of Herndon, VA who is the father of three as well as CEO and Founder of Jeeva Informatics, a human-centric software as a service, also known as SaaS, enabling clinical research at scale. Harsha and his wife, Ashwini, have been married for 16 years and are the proud parents of three daughters: Amulya (14), Mytri (7) and middle daughter Kahushi who, very sadly, died in 2012, shortly after birth due to Edwards Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 18, which is a rare congenital disorder. Harsha is also founder of Indo-US Organization For Rare

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174 – Jeremy Knakmuhs of Colorado Springs, CO Who Is The Father Of Three Including A Daughter With PFIC Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcas

Our guest this week is Jeremy Knakmuhs of Colorado Springs, CO who is a structural project engineer at CTL Thompson. Jeremy and his wife, Emily, have been married for 8 years and are the proud parents of three children: Colton (6), and three year old twins: Remi and Kennedy, who has PFIC, which is Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis, a rare genetic liver disorder that affects infants and children. We’ll hear the Knakmuhs family story and how Jeremy and Emily have navigated the ups and downs of raising three children, including one with special needs. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network

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173 – Marilyn York of Reno, NV Who Is The Mother Of Four & A Family Law Practitioner Who Specializes In Men’s Rights

Meet Marilyn York of Reno, NV the mother of four and one of the country’s top family law practitioners who leads an all female practice specializing in men’s rights. Marilyn and Mike, her fourth husband, have been married for six years and are parents to a four year old son. Marilyn in also a mom to three other children ranging in age from 14 – 25 from previous marriages. Marilyn was born and raised in San Jose, CA until age 13 when the family moved to Reno, NV. Shehas an extraordinary and unique relationship with her dad who is a serial

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172 – Greg Hubert of Torrance, CA & Leader At Joni & Friends, Reflects On Having Three Boys On The Autism Spectrum

Meet Greg Hubert of Torrance, CA, who is an executive at Joni & Friends, the Christian Global Disability Ministry and father of three boys on the Autism spectrum. Greg and his wife, Gina, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three boys; Zachary (29), Tyler (27) and Tate (23), who are all on the Autism spectrum. Greg reflects on his Faith, his career in the medical device sales industry, the call to do work at Joni & Friends, and the rather unusual as well as dysfunctional relationship with his biological father. We also learn a great

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171 – Dan Habib of Concord, NH, Father of a Son with GNAO1 & Award-Winning Nationally Recognized Documentarian

Our guest this week is Dan Habib, an outspoken advocate for the disabled, a gifted photojournalist and award winning documentarian. One of those documentaries is “Including Samuel” which profiles his 21 year old son, Samuel, who was diagnosed with GNAO1, a rare neurodevelopment disorder. Other award winning films include: “Mr. Connolly Has ALS” and “Intelligent Lives.” We’ll hear about Dan’s advocacy for those touched by disability, about his family, the documentaries as well as how Samuel continues to thrive and inspire, all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/danhabib/ Email – dhabib@wihd.org Dan’s TedX Talk: “Disabling Segregation” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izkN5vLbnw8

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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: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working

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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: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics

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