Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
RSVP for the Wartorn movie showing.
In Memoriam: Michael Robert Schwass
We're off to the races, again!
Also, see our race night II photo gallery.
A Breath of Fresh Air for Our Heroes
In Memoriam: Don Dalton
New partner profiles
Keeping Good Company ...
New Partner Profiles — Disabled Patriot Fund & Behavioral Vision
Golf Outing A Great Success!
Restoring a Delicate Balance
The First Step Foundation, a First Class Guy.
Laurus Foundation Golf Outing. RSVP Now!
Orchestrating an Amazing Symphony — Optimal Health.
A new year and we're off to the races.
Also, see our race night photo gallery.
Cooking with gas and healthy ingredients.
NextSteps Chicago and the next steps for Tre’.
Independence One Goes to College and our Newest Partner.
Partners In Progress Launched with a ‘Salute’ to Our Veterans.
In Good Company – Program Partners Continue to Grow.
Partner Profile – Mike Brougher, In His Own Words.
Three New Initiatives – Independence One, Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds, and the Laurus Running Club.
New Logo, New Tagline, and New Relationships.
In July, Laurus Foundation continued to make progress on the initiatives we wrote about in last month’s Laurus Foundation Update. This month we thought we’d do something a little different. Six dynamic and inspiring people will be receiving an Independence One - the most advanced voice activated wireless Electronic Aid to Daily Living (EADL). Each unit allows the user complete control by voice, touchpad, and/or switch of all the peripheral equipment typically installed in a home, dorm room, hospital, rehab facility, or workplace. We’d like you to meet one very special person whom the foundation will be helping achieve an even greater level of independence.
Here is Mike’s story.
Mike Bougher Biography Highlights
Although at 44 years old, I am paralyzed from the neck down and unable to smile, breathe without a ventilator, or speak after being afflicted with ALS, please don’t feel sorry for me. I am happier, and more fulfilled than I have ever been.
I was raised on a small farm just North of Vacaville, California and was a professional magician and drummer before graduating high school. After completing high school, I began an electrical apprenticeship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard where I primarily performed troubleshooting and repair of various cranes and electric vehicles. I worked my way up to foreman before being laid-off in 1990 due to shipyard closure.
I then began work for an instrumen-tation and process controls (factory automation) company. When I was diagnosed with ALS in July 1998, I was an estimator/system designer/project manager. I normally had two to four projects, in various stages of completion, running simultaneously. It is now clear to me that this was too much responsibility for one person. My ALS progression slowed to about 15 percent of its former pace when I decided to quit in 2000.
My background in process controls and computer programming has allowed me to maintain and update a home automation/augmentative communica-tion system that, so far, has kept up with my growing needs. Below are a few milestones in the upgrades of my system:
The expected life span of an ALS patient is 2 to 5 years from the date of diagnosis. This month marks my 10th year, and I am still going strong. I decided long ago that, although I have no control over the deterioration of my body, I can grow my mind and soul. I set out on a spiritual path that has led me to a place where I am happy and fulfilled.
It has become my primary focus in life to ease the suffering of other ALS patients through producing digital paintings that I sell for the benefit of the ALS Association, and through the knowledge I contribute to a couple on-line ALS forums. I feel good about helping with this project because it will help other paralyzed people who don't have the technical know-how, enjoy the independence that I have been able to maintain.
For more information about my history, my art, or my spiritual journey, go to quadbliss.com .