Michael's Great Story is all about determination. After his birth in 1961, doctors said, "He has no future. He will never walk or talk, and probably wouldn't live more than a few years." Fast forward to 1983 the doctors' bleak prediction never came true. However, Michael's happy and productive life came to a stand still after he lost the use of his legs due to bilateral hip dysplasia. Several orthopedic specialists advised, "Put him to bed, give him lots of love, he will never walk again." In 1985 Michael underwent experimental bilateral hip reconstruction that really promised nothing. After surgical events, many months in a body cast and seventeen months of five-days-a-week physical therapy Michael responded by walking, dancing and returning to Special Olympics winning yet another medal in 1987. Michael's remarkable recovery was thought to be a temporary fix that would last only a few years. Long term results were unknown at the time. Somehow, Michael managed to stretch his temporary fix to last twenty-four years. At age 48, Michael is now adapting to life in a wheelchair. Although he won't have a second miracle hip reconstruction, he doesn't intend to slow down. Whatever the obstacle, Michael's personal resolve has always helped him overcome it. Michael's life has been one of active participation in the world around him. He contributed countless hours of volunteer work at nursing homes, senior centers, food outreach programs and the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2001, the NCJW presented Michael with a Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of his exceptional accomplishments. Prior to retiring on the Central Coast of CA with his parents, as St. Louis Arc Community Ambassador; Michael readily shared his life experiences, frequently making himself available for organizations ranging from The United Way to presentations at various college campuses. In 2009, only two years after his transition to his new life in CA, Michael was named Client of the Year by HOPE Services. Art, music and ocean life are Michael's primary interests. Four of his paintings have sold at auction with proceeds benefitting St. Louis United Way and HOPE Services of CA. The past 48 years have proven that a caring community can have a remarkable impact on the life of one person. Perhaps more importantly, it has also proven that one person, like Michael, can have a remarkable impact on a community. Michael is proud to be included in the 2010 Buddy Walk Times Square Video.