Roger Grein speaks to audiences around the country about his adoption, his struggle with disabilities, and his growing up as the Mower-Boy. He speaks of his experiences in business and sports, and most of all he speaks of his faith. Below are selected comments.
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"This man's story truly struck my heart. It was inspiring to see that in a world of people saying can't, he said he could and he did."
"Many times sad stories draw on the emotion of pity - this one did not. Mr. Grein spoke about his life in a way that only brought joy - I never once felt sorry for him."
"Dear Mr. Grein -- My father died two years ago from a complication with a heart problem. I was tested and found that I have the same condition. My doctor has told me that my heart may not be able to handle having children. I have already decided that if I can't have children that I would like to adopt. Hearing you talk about your (adoptive) mother made me realize how blessed she was to have you, and how I hope that one day I will be able to mean that much to a child. I am so glad you came to talk to us. I truly believe that God gives us other people so that we might endure hardships."
"His talk filled me with joy and sadness - and I am so proud of what he has accomplished. He is a great inspiration, not only to people with disabilities, but to all people who struggle."
"Mr. Grein's talk made me realize what a big influence we have on the people around us. His mom's friend saved his life. If she had been afraid to speak up, his mother most likely would have gone through with the abortion. It made me realize that I cannot be afraid to speak up when I see my friends doing things that may hurt them."
"I was very impressed in the way he was able to rise to the top and show the business world that you don't have to have perfect handwriting and a perfect appearance to be successful. You just have to have the will and the discipline to do it."
"I don't know why God chose this man to move my heart, but he did. The moment Mr. Grein started speaking, I had an overwhelming feeling that was indescribable, and I started to cry. I cried through the whole talk and afterward I cried in the bathroom and then went to the chapel and prayed, but still was crying. The tears were not tears of sadness but of joy. For the first time, I felt as if I was seeing Jesus' heart . . . I never have seen someone with such a great excitement and genuine love for life, and to know that God loved him through all his circumstances. Through this man God opened up my heart . . ."
"Driving home from school Thursday, I actually was thinking about Mr. Grein's talk and what it meant to me . . . and how even people with the hardest lives can still be happy, and thankful."
"His life is a beautiful portrait of God's love in the world."