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Roger is a FTL Mentor and a graduate of the Freedom To Live Independence Training Program. At age sixteen Roger was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and was told, that not only would he be completely wheel chair bound by 21 years old but, he most likely would be dead by 30! As you can imagine that news made Roger anxious to accomplish things quickly in his life. Roger got married at the young age of nineteen, had 2 daughters and eventually worked his way up the ladder to become an engineering manager at a large US technology company that built specialty circuit boards for military equipment and space stations. Roger has persevered through tremendous challenges in his life and his success through great adversity and sometimes hardship gives him the special tools to pay his experience forward to FTL recipients who are learning to overcome new challenges in order to achieve independence and happiness for their lives. Roger is now 72 years old, his three grandchildren and four great grandchildren and loves mentoring FTL recipients to success!
While pursuing a career as an actor, Adam was accidentally shot with a prop gun while on stage which left him with a high-level spinal cord injury and dependent on a ventilator to breathe the rest of his life. The invaluable part of that experience and all the life challenges that followed has given Adam a unique perspective on what makes “life” worth living. For those who seek a better life through personal independence and achievement, Adam offers his life-coaching expertise, from personal experience as a quadriplegic, to FTL recipients who are seeking a path of independence and fulfillment as a disabled person.
Adam was one of the first FTL recipients to live and take full advantage of FTL’s Freedom Home – Independence Training Program. After 18 months of hard work and planning, Adam was able to move to his own place in the community, start his own business and dare to set goals for his future, which at one time seemed to be only “wishful thinking.” Today Adam has a very busy life but he always finds time to give of his time to FTL recipients. Besides his amazing skills as a mentor Adam has given back by raising thousands of dollars for FTL through his network of business contacts and relationships.
“Adversity brings growth or ruin based solely on attitude. My passion is to help those who seek solutions to improve overcome challenges by reaching goals thought unattainable.”
Paul serves as the FTL San Diego Program Manager.
In 2003, Paul sustained a life-changing c5/6 spinal cord injury (SCI) as the result of a car accident. While still in the hospital he quickly discovered that he was part of an underserved population whose fundamental needs were not being met by social service or nonprofit agencies. Under his guidance, The Paul Jacobson Spinal Cord Foundation was created to support and provide financial assistance to recent survivors of traumatic SCI.
At the time of his injury, Paul was an e-commerce executive and Internet Marketing instructor at University California San Diego. He possesses a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego and also holds an MBA from the University of Bridgeport and a B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Maryland. Paul lives in Rancho Santa Fe with his girlfriend Roselyn and enjoys playing poker and getting out and making a difference in our beautiful city.
In addition, Paul has served on the Executive Board of The HeadNorth Foundation, whose aim is to find a cure while providing grants for those living with SCI. Currently, he is a peer support advisor within the San Diego community and openly shares his experiences to those who are newly injured. His hope is that others will see that achieving a productive and satisfying life has nothing to do with the confines of a wheelchair.