Beyond My Wildest Dreams
BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS follows the ups and downs one family faced as they advocated for the rights of their son and others with disabling conditions and health challenges.
This is the story of heartbreak, struggle, and relentless parental support for Mike Gibbens, who was born with cerebral palsy. Battling a school system that separated their son from his neighborhood friends while facing financial difficulties from high medical costs, Mike’s parents vowed to find a way to improve the situation. As they searched for solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems in a world that wasn’t prepared to accept people with disabilities, Ron and Faye Gibbens were instrumental in founding a support group—North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD)—in the early 1970s. With $83.72 in the NDAD bank account, the couple volunteered their spare time, while working full time, to nurture NDAD into a vibrant charitable organization that has since provided more than $56 million in vital disability services not provided by other organizations or agencies.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Dust-Jacketed Hardback, 117 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 30, 2019)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General