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The Choose Life Foundation

January 27th, 2006
by The Social Diary Columnist Jim MacLaren

In 1993 my neck was broken in a triathlon and I am now in a wheel chair. The Challenged Athletes Foundation purchased a wheel chair accessible van for me to enhance my independence. In 2004 I was blessed with more independence than I could ever have imagined. I received the Arthur Ashe Award on The ESPY's in 2005 and obtained world recognition on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, I want to share my life story and touch the world through my Choose Living Foundation.

(Choose Living Foundation was Created to Support Philanthropic Ventures of Jim MacLaren)

Update on Jim MacLaren

Jim MacLaren, the actor, writer, motivational speaker, retired professional athlete and quadriplegic, formed the Choose Living Foundation in 2005 to help people in need around the world. The Foundation will support his philanthropic work and allow Jim to contribute his time, energy and resources to speak, mentor and teach a message of compassion, love and appreciation for life to all people.

The Choose Living Foundation supports many different organizations, including the San Diego, CA. based Challenged Athletes Foundation and Emmanuel Ofasu Yeboah's work to help disabled people in Ghana. Jim will continue his support of Camp "Good Days and Special Times", the largest children's cancer camp in the nation located in upstate New York. Most recently the Camp has added a special program committed to assisting families affected by the AIDS virus.

Choose Living, in alliance with micro credit organizations, will provide small loans to the poor through out the world to help them with small business start ups and independent living.
Already the Choose Living Foundation has donated thousands of dollars worth of clothes to local homeless shelters in San Diego, CA. The Foundation has purchased a hand cycle for a paraplegic in Tanzania, whose name is Good Luck. Donations will continue to educate Good Luck and assure his success. Choose Living assisted a challenged athlete in Peru with a special chair to compete in. Before the donation, he was wheeling around in a plastic garden chair with wheels.

Many accomplishments were realized in the last quarter of 2005 and Choose Living has even greater hopes and goals for 2006. Future donations to the Choose Living Foundation will go on to change more lives, inspire much needed hope, and continue to reach out and touch the world. All donations can be made through Choose Living Foundation at jimmaclaren.com.

The Choose Living Foundation is partnered with The National Heritage Foundation and is a non-profit Foundation. Please continue to check jimmaclaren.com. for future fundraisers and updates on the Choose Living endeavors.

* Jim MacLaren M.A. , MFA, PhD Candidate, is an award winning motivational speaker, consultant, film actor, writer and Founding Member of The Choose Living Foundation. MacLaren's mission is one of compassion and aiding others.For a full listing of his many accomplishments, future fundraisers and more, please visit jimmaclaren.com.

MacLaren's motto - "Discover your human potential"

and favorite quote -

"A hero is anyone truly intent on making this a better place for all people."
Maya Angelou


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