The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” has been proven time and time again, with studies showing a good stress-relieving guffaw will not only relax and energize, but it can even boost your immunity and fight heart disease. That’s mainly why Shane Burcaw, president of Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. and local resident of Bethlehem, PA, began his journey as a humorous do-gooder.
Shane’s journey began in 2011 as a simple blog to write his story of living with spinal muscular atrophy type two, but he has amazed the world by starting up his non-profit organization, writing his popular first book, and even went on the road to speak to schools about his condition. If that wasn’t enough to impress, Shane has just announced that he’s donating $14,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Monday, along with beginning his “No More Nightmares” initiative which will provide many forms of assistance for families affected by MD in our region.
Aside from his heroic resume, Shane’s personality consists of a dose of wit, a hint of charm, a sprinkle of sarcasm, all topped with a heap of heart. He’s often seen with a huge smile, making friends most everywhere he goes. His view that “humor gets me through the rough times” is obvious to all that meet him, and his positivity is certainly infectious.
Shane is a perfect addition to our lineup of wonderful Lehigh Valley services and organizations that will be joining us to provide information on the innovative programming, equipment, and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities. We as an organization are firm believers that the arts should be celebrated by everyone, and with simple modifications and equipment, we can be sensitive to include the disabled community and continue to expand our audience.
We are so pleased to have Shane as our keynote speaker at our Monday, November 10th Arts & Access Expo from 3-6pm, and we’re truly looking forward to his highly inspirational, yet most likely tongue-in-cheek, presentation.
One thing’s for sure: we’ll be leaving the Expo hilariously enlightened and anxiety-free from all the healthy giggles.
Visit our site for more details about the Expo: http://www.lvartscouncil.org/Access/Vision.html
by Lauren Beck, LVAC Operations Manager