We want to take a moment and introduce you to a Sheldon, Iowa man who has turned his diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy into a living lesson for his friends and family and for thousands of young people nationwide.
His name is Rob Roozeboom and we were able to spend some time with him recently and his view on life will make you stop and think.
Ask Rob Roozeboom, and he will tell you he is a lucky man whose live is full of love. But Rob will be the first one to tell you, it took him a while to realize that. "Is the glass half full or half empty? A long time I lived my life where the glass was half empty. I don't want to live there anymore."
When Rob was 5, he was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. But there were no effects from the disease until his freshman year of high school, when this sports buff...couldn't play sports anymore. "No more shooting a basket, no more throwing a football, no more running to bases, and it's like what's going on?"
By the following year, it had taken even more of a toll....and he knew it one day when he tried to climb the steps of his two story high school in Worthington. "I went to go up the stairs and I couldn't do it anymore. That Summer I could, but the next year when Summer was over I went, had my backpack on my shoulders, I can remember it like it was yesterday...I went to grab the rail right here, the wall was right here...I went to take that step and it wasn't happening. And I'm like you gotta be kidding me. What is going on?"
What was going on was his Muscular Dystrophy advancing in his body. His doctors told him he would be in a wheelchair or scooter full-time by age 30. Rob decided going forward...he was going to see life as a glass half-full. "We were never meant to live this life alone...and so when you see someone out there that could use a helping hand...why wouldn't you help?"
Rob developed Rise Ministries...a way to connect with young and old alike...to share his story and to send a message: no matter what your condition...MD or no MD....no one gets through life without help. "I know what it's like to hurt...I know what its like to ache..but I also know what it's like to find hope..."
Rob says MD has led him to develop closer relationships...with God...his wife...his kids...and anyone who will listen to what he has to say. And he says in a very real sense...having MD has made him a better person. "If this is the road I have to walk so that my kids will be more compassionate, more understanding, more caring, love others and see them in a different light and it makes our family closer....and my wife's and I marriage is stronger, then this is the road I will walk."
And although doctors told Rob Roozeboom he would be in a wheelchair full time by age 30, Rob has proven the doctors wrong. While he does need a chair sometime, he is still able to walk around on his own unassisted.
You can watch MDA "Show Of Strength" this Sunday night right here on KSFY. It is the MDA's new three-hour, prime-time entertainment special that begins at seven.
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