Even Superman needs to be prepared. And Pat Brogan is Superman.
Pat was a college basketball player with skills that enabled him to play professional basketball in Europe and run 5 Minute miles in College. He was on his way to being one of the youngest Division One College Basketball Coaches in the NCAA when, in September 2001, while training for his first triathlon, he was the victim of a horrific bike accident. Pat suffered severe injuries that ultimately led to a diagnosis of Dystonia. After three years of pain and hardship, in September 2004, Pat underwent Deep Brain Stimulation. He now lives with battery operated monitors in his chest and brain, and periodic trips to doctors to "change his battery" - the marvel of modern science and medicine.
During this ordeal, Pat had his story broadcast on a PBS Documentary, "Twisted," which continues to be viewed by hospitals, doctors and patients about living with Dystonia. He has dedicated his life to raising awareness and a cure for Dystonia. (You can Google Pat and "Help Find A Cure 4 Dystonia Benefit.")
Pat's recovery is a feel good story in and of itself. But recovery alone is not enough for Pat: you want courage and perseverance? Over the last decade Pat has re-trained his battery operated body to run several road races and triathlons, the last being Saturday, September 14, in the Dewey Beach Triathlon, finishing in the top 15%. The fact that he needs to run bouncing a tennis ball for balance is just another obstacle he has overcome.
He also is back in coaching, taking over a High School girls team in Pennsylvania this year. Those girls will learn far more about life with Pat as their Coach than merely how to break a 1/2 court trap.
Pat was born with exceptional athletic skills. He is also blessed with incredible support from his wonderful wife, Cathy. (Hutch, Pat's service dog, is also a key member of the family.) But it is Pat's positive attitude and courage in the aftermath of an unthinkable hardship, that makes Pat Superman.
How does this fit with an Estate Planning Blog? Even Superman needs to be prepared.