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Ed Roberts, Activist

Lee Roberts: Ed's Advice to Find Your Passion

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Lee Roberts: And so as a kid, he always would tell me, and to this day I keep it with me, is do what you want to do and find what you want to do. Speak for what you want to do and always carry that with passion. And I've only done what I've been really passionate about doing. I feel like it's always brought out the best in me, and that has always been through his guidance.

And then... I mean the biggest moments that... where I really feel the impact of what he had is, specifically once was after he… died, and I was accepting an award in his honor, and it was… I mean, it was just mind blowing to have people come up and say, "By shaking your hand, I feel like I've gotten… by shaking your hand, I feel like I'm shaking your father's hand. I just want you to know that your father saved my life."

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