HOISINGTON —Ward Foley was born with multiple birth defects; Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital (AMC), club hands and feet, severely injured by a drunk driver, beaten by troubled teens he was trying to help, and plunging his hands into a 400-degree fryer Foley could have become embittered. But Ward Foley is anything but a bitter man. He will speak at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Hoisington High School.
He focuses on what he can do, not on what he can’t do. And without a doubt, his natural wit and delightful humor helped him in school deal with being different and not always being accepted by his peers. This along with his life story is what made his book, Scarman and lectures both touching and inspirational.
After raising his family, Foley increased the volunteer work that he had been doing for years and found a very special place in his heart for hospice patients. While speaking and writing about hospice may at first sound gloomy to some, the fact that Ward Foley can sit with a hospice patient is one of the greatest blessings of his life. The stories he tells are touching, inspiring, heartwarming, funny, surprising and heart-wrenching. As the author talks about the many “God moments” where time after time amazing things happen, he doesn’t try to convince the reader to interpret it as he does. He doesn’t talk about what he gives to others; he talks about what others give to him.