We can all decide to make a difference in the world. It's just up to us to choose what kind of difference we want to make.
Once in awhile, you may meet someone truly amazing. Someone who helps you discover the best within yourself. Someone who connects with you in a deep way. One of those people for me was Roland Takaoka. He touched my life at a soul level, a kindred soul brother, and I'm forever grateful to have known him. Roland spread joy to others. His giving, loving and caring nature endeared him to people across the world who felt his positive energy.
Roland was also a stroke survivor, yet many people never knew that. His memoir, written after his third stroke, is one of hope, healing and transformation. It's a fascinating story that deserves to be read by everyone.
My Friendship With Roland
I'm Lynn Sanders, Founder of Difference Makers Media, and I'm glad to share my friendship story about an incredible man, Roland Takaoka.
Roland and I met after one of my online "Difference Makers" interview shows. He was impressed by my program with Dale Spencer, a disabled business leader, who inspires others from his wheelchair. Although most people would never know it, Roland also worked from his wheelchair. Since the computer screen only showed the upper half of Roland's body, no one could tell he was unable to move his right side.
But Roland didn't ever let his disability define him. Far from it! He recognized that we all choose our attitudes in life, and he chose to expand in joy. He focused on doing what he could. He created strategic websites, developed online marketing platforms, and soon hosted his own programs. Besides that, he offered to help me -- serving as the wingman for my online show, monitoring live comments, helping guests with technical support, and building my websites.
Needless to say, we became instant friends. Roland's values of caring to make this world a better place were in sync with mine. Roland warm personality was endearing, and his witty charm was irresistible. It seemed I had always known Roland.
On August 23rd, 2018, Roland suddenly passed away from a fourth stroke. While he passed too soon, his legacy lives on in the many lives that he touched.
His co-host, Aaron Avila, of Stroke TV has expanded the program to help thousands of stroke survivors share their stories and feel supported by each other. After over 300 program, Stroke TV has recorded over 23,000 comments from people across the world!
Now, Stroke TV Foundation is a 501(c)3, and we’ve decided to provide a portion of the book proceeds towards this nonprofit… in memory of Roland’s inspiration.
To secure your own copy or more of Roland’s Story, please click on the buttons that you’ll find on this page.
We’re also looking for sponsors who can support our marketing, and can spread Roland’s message of positivity to the masses. In return, we’ll be happy to feature you in our publicity outreach.
To learn more about sponsorship, speaking programs, and creating stories for your organization, contact Lynn at: Lynn@DifferenceMakersMedia.com