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and this morning in inspirational story we fell in love with of the young man

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who's rare illness became a gift of compassion michael guggenheim suffers

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from a disorder that makes the simple act of writing his name

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excruciatingly painful for him but once he found the tools to overcome his pain

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he just couldn't keep it to himself

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michael guggenheim is setting up for his weekly computer class in los angeles but

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there's something special about the class and the story of how it was

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created the story of michael lesson of struggle

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generosity and compassionate collins has

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and had a great deal and nothing or anyone he's always been wonderful when

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their children you see michael is a teacher and he's only twelve angela had

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a question

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threatens k he volunteers his time in his gathered donated laptops to help

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homeless children at this los angeles shelter each week he helps them right

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worked and playing undies laptops

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our story begins a few years ago when michael was learning to read and write

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his mother noticed there was something wrong michael couldn't right when he

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tried it her

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and he tried and tried you could ask him how to

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draw a picture of something and he could describe it cleared up late with words

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and then you ask him to drive stick

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figure

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and it would just be a dot the paper when i first saw him

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out he didn't come out and talk to miss the kind of kid rather than fighting and

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screaming no would produce their grandkids

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two days

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envious admiral boorda highly selective overall all the time and i just don't

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know how much interest in israel

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transformed

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he was diagnosed with describe the operator learning disabilities similar

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to dyslexia

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but it doesn't affect his i_q_ or any other abilities

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and as you can see writing for him is still a challenge his handwriting will

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never get any better than this and its always going to be painful to write but

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with the laptop the pain of riding goes away in a few years he's going to write

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with these on a keyboard

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reflect the story of

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victory in the front of growth it gets blown into the wind constantly in these

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stronger for having gone through that now michael excels in school doing most

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of his riding on the computer but that's not the end of our story

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last summer he thought of a way to spread the joy he gets from his laptop

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two children in need there's a characteristic thrive in this youngster

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that he's just remarkable

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he reached out to los angeles family housing

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a homeless shelter agency applying for a volunteer teacher position they we're

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speechless he's not even a teenager and we all know unison he was a serious here

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for an hour and a asks so what are you going to do what's your course curricula

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and as well as in part of this at all his mom was in the car

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and i was a land with michael it's not that michael had a lot of spare time

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there's homework and after school hockey and basketball but he's a regular kit

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and because of that he's more than a teacher

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he's a friend he's a confidante he is also they value brings cool technology

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raising cain

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wonderland helping other genes

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with something that has changed his life

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is not that means for our date for knowing about these other kids

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cuz they are justice byron and nice and warm everyone else system you know but

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on the brakes some of them for this class at eleven o'clock p_m_ life the

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class is just the beginning

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he's formed a non-profit organization registered with the i_r_s_ is a charity

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and launch a web site for his organization it's called splat

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showing people learning and technology no one at a certain michael's hope is

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for the future once again it's not about him

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no hope for the dyskinesia well-being but tax online chat

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and helpful and i have to come back to the side yes

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into more going to be six

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set successful whatever label

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politically it a little michael special brand along this morning coming up next

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