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Fathers mentoring fathers of kids with special needs - presented by the Special Fathers Network. Host David Hirsch interviews some amazing fathers of kids with special needs.

Dad to Dad Podcast David Hirsch

    • Kids & Family
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Fathers mentoring fathers of kids with special needs - presented by the Special Fathers Network. Host David Hirsch interviews some amazing fathers of kids with special needs.

    SFN 154 - Shane Madden of Collierville, TN - Works At Pfizer And Has A Son With Cerebral Palsy

    SFN 154 - Shane Madden of Collierville, TN - Works At Pfizer And Has A Son With Cerebral Palsy

    Our guest this week is Shane Madden who works at Pfizer and is father to Marshall (6), who has Cerebral Palsy. We’ll hear how Shane and his wife, Emily, have raised young Marshall, about their aspirations and hopes for the future. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital - https://www.lebonheur.org

    The Therapy Hut - https://www.therapyhut.com

    Live It Up (formerly United CP of mid south) - https://www.livitupinc.org

    Katie Beckett Waiver – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Beckett_Medicaid_waiver

    Shane's email – dmadden79@aol.com

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 37 min
    Dad to Dad 153 - Ray Morris, Former Firefighter, Father To A Son With Hemimegaloencephaly & Founder of Dads 4 Special Kids

    Dad to Dad 153 - Ray Morris, Former Firefighter, Father To A Son With Hemimegaloencephaly & Founder of Dads 4 Special Kids

    Our guest this week is SFN Mentor Father Ray Morris, a former firefighter who does contract work for FEMA. Ray has two boys, including older son Zachary (32) who was diagnosed with Hemimegaloencephaly, a rare condition where one half of the brain is larger than the other.

    Ray shares how growing up with a dad who became a quadriplegic at 29 was foreshadowing for the experience he and his wife, Kelly, would have raising a son with severe special needs.

    Ray talks about his faith and in a very authentic way, how he grieved the loss of the life he anticipated for and with Zachary, which also motivated him to create Dads 4 Special Kids and a series of videos to help dads process their own grief and become the best versions
    of themselves.

    It's a heartwarming story about a father's love for his children and how his family has been able to overcome some of life's challenges on this SFN Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Ray's email address: Ray@d4sk.org
    Dads 4 Special Kids: http://d4sk.org
    The Dads 4 Kids You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 48 min
    SFN 152 - Jeremy Meinhardt, A Financial Advisor With Edward Jones Has A Daughter With Spina Bifida Who Loves To Play Wheelchair Basketball

    SFN 152 - Jeremy Meinhardt, A Financial Advisor With Edward Jones Has A Daughter With Spina Bifida Who Loves To Play Wheelchair Basketball

    Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Jeremy Meinhardt. Jeremy and his wife Meg have two children, Beck, 15 and Nellie, 12, who has Spina Bifida. We’ll hear about Jeremy, his Dad, his family and how Nellie loves to play wheelchair basketball. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Illinois Spina Bifida Association: https://i-sba.org

    Synergy Special Recreation DuPage: https://www.nedsra.org/participate/synergy-adaptive-athletics/

    Jeremy Reinhardt’s Email Address: jermeykmeinhardt@yahoo.com

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who all are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 38 min
    SFN 151 - Rolando Lopez - On A Mission To Rescue Youth & Women From Sex & Human Trafficking

    SFN 151 - Rolando Lopez - On A Mission To Rescue Youth & Women From Sex & Human Trafficking

    Our guest this week is Rolando 'Ro' Lopez. Ro is a retired FBI special agent who rescues victims of child sex trafficking through the Freedom Shield Foundation. He’s a man on a mission: to save as many of these youth and young adults as he can. It’s a truly inspiring story and you’ll hear it on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Freedom Shield Foundation - https://www.freedomshieldfoundation.com
    1565 W. Main Street ,Suite 208-105, Lewisville, Texas 75067

    YouTube List of Freedom Shield videos - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUXpLQKZywKwZ1Wg0QaepyQ/videos

    Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, & Justice (AFRJ) – https://www.afrj.com

    Engage Together - https://engagetogether.com

    Rescue Her - https://www.rescueher.org

    Hawkwood Group – https://www.hawkwoodgroupllc.com

    A21 – https://www.a21.org

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who all are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    The Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 49 min
    Dad to Dad 150 - Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL Father of Four Including a Son With Autism

    Dad to Dad 150 - Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL Father of Four Including a Son With Autism

    Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL. Mitch and his wife Ellen have four children including 14-year-old Davis who has severe Autism and is non-verbal. We’ll hear Mitch’s story including his work with the Peace of Heart Autism Community and Ellen’s work with the Tim Tebow Foundation. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Tim Tebow Foundation; https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/

    Special Nation: http://www.specialnation.org/

    Peace of Heart: https://www.pohc.org/

    Email Mitch at: mitchg@revmedgroup.com

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who all are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 42 min
    Dad to Dad 149 - Felimon Hernandez of Olympia, WA Father Three Including Twins; One With Spina Bifida & The Other With Epilepsy

    Dad to Dad 149 - Felimon Hernandez of Olympia, WA Father Three Including Twins; One With Spina Bifida & The Other With Epilepsy

    Our guest this week is Felimon Hernandez of Olympia, Washington. Felimon is a graphic designer and photographer. He and his wife have three children including 8-year-old twins, a son who has epilepsy and daughter who has Spina Bifida. We’ll hear Felimon’s story and how he and his family have cared for the twins. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Check out Felimon’s website: https://felimonfoto.com

    Washington State Fathers Network: https://fathersnetwork.org

    South Sound Parent to Parent program: https://www.ssp2p.org

    Attend the May 15th SFN Dads Virtual Conference. Register for FREE at https://www.21stCenturyDads.org.

    About the Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 400+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who all are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Go to: https://www21stCenturyDads.org for more information or if you'd like to be a SFN Mentor Father.

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/donate/

    • 35 min

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