As you know, Keith Hogan is my husband and he is 43 years old. He was born with a genetic disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 and has severe scoliosis and respiratory problems. He has lived with these conditions his entire life and has never been able to walk. Over time, he lost the ability to use his arms.
Keith was raised in a politically and socially conservative family who told him he could do or accomplish anything. So, he did. In 1989, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Finance. He went on to a successful career in banking and real estate.
He spent 3-1/2 months in the hospital in 2008 where he was put on a ventilator. He is now at home working to get off the ventilator and get back to work. After his experiences with the healthcare system this year (both at the hospital and at home), he has become committed to sharing his story with the world. Between us, we have a huge network of great people. Being able to share Keith's story on The Ellen Show would bring his story to the world.
We believe that Keith would be a remarkable guest on The Ellen Show because:
- Keith is amazing, courageous and inspiring to everyone who meets him
- More people need to meet Keith and hear his story
- With the distress in the world today, people need to be reminded that we can all have the life we choose, no matter what the circumstances