Martin has never shied away from what real life drops on our doorstep.
Joël, on the other hand, has no choice.
Several years ago, Martin stepped up and stared real life in the face when he volunteered to co-author Dix Aiguilles (Ten Needles), with terminally-ill leukemia patent Sean Collins. That project helped raise more than $100,000 to support the fight against cancer through the Tree of Hope campaign.
Joël ran into real life in the form of two moose on Highway 15, outside Moncton, New Brunswick on May 29, 2008. While three of his friends walked away from the accident unharmed, Joël suffered severe spinal cord injuries that introduced him to a new life as a quadriplegic at the age of 19.
Last week, author and professional speaker Martin Latulippe stepped up again with the announcement he was donating a thousand of his books to raise $25,000 to help Joël Gallant return to California and visit a world-class centre called Project Walk. It's a facility dedicated to improving the quality of life of people who suffered major spinal chord injuries. His mother Lucille says, "Joël went to California a couple of times and he has already made considerable progress during these visits. Every day, we’re amazed by this attitude towards life. It’s already a miracle that he's gone this far, but he wants to go further".
Latulippe’s goal is simple: To donate and distribute a thousand of his books through http://www.lerevedejoel.com/, his speaking engagements and social media networks in exchange for donations that will help Joël improve his mobility and who knows, maybe walk again some day.
A self-made inspirational speaker, Martin has wowed audiences all over Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium and Africa, sharing his insights on awakening the potential that sleeps inside all of us. We were fortunate enough to sit down with "Flower" about a year ago on CHCD-TV's, "Motorvationally Speaking!"
Martin's challenge will continue until the 29th of this month, which marks the second anniversary of Joël's accident. Already the campaign is a huge hit with $10,000 generated after only 3 days of online campaigning.
For more information, visit http://www.lerevedejoel.com/ .
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