Secret Millionaire, Marc Paskin, Gives to Woman with Invisible Disability

This is Not a Story About Money, but of a Man Who Learned That Giving Time and Love is Priceless.

ABC TV’s hit show, the Secret Millionaire sends millionaires out to experience a life on

a very small budget and with the goal of finding amazing organizations doing incredible work in their community.

On the show that aired March 13, 2011, San Diego millionaire Marc Paskin embarked on an adventure that taught him some valuable lessons he will never forget.

“Marc Paskin came from a poor family and worked his way through college. He used his life savings of a thousand bucks for a down payment on a duplex. That was the start of a career in buying and selling real estate that turned him into a multi-millionaire” (ABC Secret Millionaire). Paskin is now a Real Estate Investor at The Paskin Group. He and his wife, Marsha were married for 28 years until she tragically passed away due to diabetes.

Paskin was sent to Detroit, Michigan for 6 days, with no credit cards and only $40 cash for groceries. Set out to meet people making a difference in the lives of others, Paskin met and volunteered with three different organizations.

First, he met Beverly at Young Detroit Builders, who focus on youth who have lived a challenging life and train them to manage their finances and how to do various construction jobs. YDB rehabilitates or builds new homes for low income families and people with disabilities. In the past 17  years, they have rebuilt 800 homes. At the end of the show, Paskin presented YDB with a check for $40,000.

Another group Paskin discovered was The Man Network, which uses volunteers from the neighborhood to patrol by car and foot. Their presence helps keep the neighborhood safer.  At the end of the show, Paskin presented them with a check for $10,000.

Seemingly Paskin’s most touching experience was through meeting John from Really Living. This organization gives uninsured patients free transportation to medical appointments and some household help. So, Paskin signed up and picked up Matt for his dialysis.

During this appointment, Paskin met Courtney, a 24 year old mom on dialysis. Courtney had a kidney transplant four years prior, which went into failure three years before the show. Marc asked how he could help Courtney who shared she needed help with moving some things in her house to the storage. She said, “Anything you do would be wonderful for me.”

Many living with debilitating conditions value a bit of time someone can spend with them to give a little help around the house or just be there as a friend. Loved ones often think it takes a ton of time or effort, but it is the little things that can bring joy to those whose battle illness and pain. Paskin commented, “I was not only helping her with chores around the house, but spending some time letting her know people care about her … care about her daughter.”

While  spending time with Courtney, she shared about her 4 year old  daughter, London, who was born at  27 weeks weighing only 1 lb 10  oz  and had an emergency colostomy.  London was in the hospital 2 months  then Courtney’s transplant  failed.  Paskin commented, “I just feel bad  about what she has to go through in  life.”

At the end of the show, Paskin gave John at Really Living $40,000. In addition, he surprised everyone when he gave the last check to Courtney and her daughter in the amount of $20,000. Paskin said, “I see what she’s going through and she breaks my heart and i wanted to do something nice for her.”

To wrap up the show, Paskin shared a few things he discovered while on this mission. He said:

“I’ve always thought it’s good to do good things for people, but maybe I didn’t quite realize how much they appreciate it and how important it is. So I’ve learned a lot.” Paskin added, “Not everybody has money they can give away, but everybody can give some of their time and some of their love to people and it would be a better world if everybody would do that.”

These are words that we can take to heart, as we think about our friend or family member or neighbor living with a debilitating condition. We can all make a difference!

ARTICLE RESOURCES:

ABC Secret Millionaire

The Man Network

The Paskin Group

Really Living

Young Detroit Builders

ADDITIONAL STORIES:

Actress Marlee Matlin Raises a Million Dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

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Actress Marlee Matlin Raises a Million Dollars for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Actress Marlee Matlin joined Donald Trump’s hit TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” On the episode that aired April 3rd, Marlee took on the role of Project Manager for her all female team, Team A.S.A.P. The challenge was to create custom handmade pieces of art to sell in a gallery.

Project Manager, John Rich, along with the men of Team Backbone, raised a very impressive amount of over $600,000. The women’s team raised just $14,000 short of one million dollars! Trump tossed a donation of $14,000 so that the donation to Matlin’s charity, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, would total one million dollars.

Another challenge the celebrities faced was to each design a hat that was to be sold at the gallery. The hats were judged and the winner, La Toya Jackson, received $25,000 to give to her charity, AIDS Project L.A. Jackson’s hat was of a depiction of her brother Michael Jackson’s glove. Jackson also gave her personal shirt which was a gift from her brother Michael and one of only two like it, to their cause, which in turn sold for ninety nine thousand dollars.

Although Team A.S.A.P. won the challenge, Trump allowed the money that Team Backbone raised to go to their project manager, John Rich‘s charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Nevertheless, someone on the team was to be fired and it was Richard Hatch.

Matlin became deaf at 18 months old. At 21 years old, Matlin was the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in the movie, “Children of a Lesser God.” She has also been nominated twice for both a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award, as well as two nominations for her guest appearances on “Seinfeld” and “Picket Fences.” Matlin is the author of several books as well.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has helped hundreds of thousands hear better. “The donation received from ‘The Celebrity Apprentice‘ will be utilized to fund Starkey hearing missions throughout 2011 in order to provide more adults and children in need with free hearing devices. Currently there are Starkey Hearing missions planned for this spring in Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Israel and New York City. According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the $1,000,000 will provide much needed funding for the Foundation to get closer to its goal of one million free hearing aids in this decade” (Starkey Press Release).

Matlin was joined on the show by fellow A.S.A.P team members: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones and NeNe Leakes. Team Backbone was comprised of Project Manager, John Rich with Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and Gary Busey. Backbone team member, Jose Canseco had to leave the show before the challenge, because his father’s illness had taken a turn for the worse. Trump gave Canseco $25,000 for his charity, B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team) which primarily provides financial assistance for medical coverage to baseball players and their families in need.

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/

Starkey Hearing Foundation: www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/

Starkey Press Release: Bill Austin Receives $1,000,000 Donation on Behalf of Starkey Hearing Foundation

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Actor Gary Busey Wins $40K for Brain Injury Center

Marlee Matlin – Unscripted

Marlee Matlin Site

Marlee Matlin, Actress – Voices on Social Justice

Secret Millionaire, Marc Paskin, Gives to Woman with Invisible Disability

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Actor Gary Busey Wins 40K for Brain Injury Center

Actor Gary Busey joined Donald Trump’s hit TV reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” this season. On the episode that aired March 21st, Busey took on the role of project manager for his all male team, Team Backbone. The challenge was to create a display “camping experience”  for Camping World.

Although there were several hurdles the team experienced, Busey’s team won the challenge. The prize was a $20,000 donation and $20,000 in goods from Camping World to his chosen charity, The Center for Head Injury Services in St. Louis, MO.

Busey began his movie and television acting career in the 1970’s. He was nominated for his role in the movie “The Buddy Holly Story,” as the Big Bopper in 1978.

In 1988, Busey had a serious motorcycle accident in which he sustained a fractured skull and permanent brain injury. That is why Busey chose a charity that helps those living with brain damage due to head injuries. Watch video interview with Busey as he elaborates about his choice.  The Center for Head Injury Services wrote:

“Life after a head injury is never the same. Survivors of traumatic brain injury are usually left with life long cognitive and physical impairments. They find themselves separated from the world.”

Busey is notorious for his impulsivity and unusual personality. On the show, fellow team members often complain that he is unable to “focus.” However, what people often do not understand is that with traumatic brain injuries:

“Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the injury, the result on any one individual can vary greatly. Personality changes, memory and judgement deficits, lack of impulse control, and poor concentration are all common. Behavioral changes can be stressful for families and caregivers who must learn to adapt their communication techniques, established relationships, and expectations of what the impaired person can or cannot do” (Family Caregiver Alliance).

Busey was joined on the show by his team members: Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and John Rich. On the opposing side, Team ASAP included: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Dionne Warwick. Several contestants have since been sent home by Trump, with his infamous statement … “You’re fired!”

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/

The Center for Head Injury Services. www.headinjuryctr-stl.org/

Family Caregiver Alliance. “Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury.” www.Caregiver.org

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Actor Gary Busey Picks Maryland Heights Charity for Celebrity Apprentice

Busey Wins $40,000 for Maryland Heights-based Charity

Busey wins $40,000 for brain injury center on Celebrity Apprentice

Center for Head Injury Services to Use “Celebrity Apprentice” Winnings for General Operations

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!