How to Laugh at Your Worst Days (and Why You Should)

Shane Burcaw | Photo by Jeremy Cohen

Shane Burcaw | Photo by Jeremy Cohen

Shane Burcaw, 22, suffers from a debilitating disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (it’s related to Muscular Dystrophy). Despite his illness, or maybe, because of it, the Moravian grad is internet-famous: he’s written a book, founded a nonprofit called Laughing At My Nightmare (LAMN), and is currently jet setting around the country on speaking engagements. His idea? Laughter as prescription, in all your worst circumstances and on all your worst days.

Burcaw’s nonprofit, LAMN, fundraises for kids with MD and SMA, to make their lives “more awesome.” Burcaw has a vision of helping people with illnesses lead better lives, but also, of helping everyone realize on a day-to-day basis that if he can laugh at his lot in life, they can too. We caught up with Burcaw at his house in Bethlehem where his team is preparing for world domination with their positivity and laughter movement. Burcaw, who has a wicked sense of humor, chatted with us about his (multiple) tattoos, the upcoming LAMN 5K , and Rainn Wilson’s bathroom.  Read more »

Get Inspired by Rebecca Levenberg: “There’s Nothing I Can’t Do”

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Rebecca Levenberg | Photo by Adam Jones

Old City resident Rebecca Levenberg lost her leg in a bike accident. But since learning to rollerblade, rock climb and, yes, bicycle in a prosthesis, she hasn’t looked back. This is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.

I’d been a bike commuter for about five years when, in November 2010, a garbage truck hit me. I was riding my bike to work, in the bike lane.

I always knew there were risks. But you hear about cyclists getting hit by a door or breaking their wrist—not losing their legs.

The truck crushed my left leg completely. I sustained severe internal injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. I was wearing a helmet, and I didn’t have head injuries. The doctors at Jefferson had to amputate my leg to save my life. In total, I’ve had 15 surgeries since the accident.

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Meet John Schultz, The Inspiring Runner in Marisa Magnatta’s Broad Street Photo

John Schultz at the Delaware Marathon this past Sunday // Photo by Mark DeNio

John Schultz at the Delaware Marathon on Sunday, one week after Broad Street. // Photo by Mark DeNio

An Instagram photo taken by Marisa Magnatta of WMMR’s Preston and Steve went wild on the Internet last week: a lone racer at the Broad Street Run, pacing forward long after the Philadelphia streets had quieted.

A picture says a thousand words, right?

Well, the story behind the photo is even better.

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