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Motivational speaker to share his inspiring story of triumph

Chaz Kellem
Chaz Kellem
10/6/2011 —

Chaz Kellem has battled osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare bone disorder since birth. Instead of allowing his diagnosis to become an obstacle, he has used it as a platform to speak to people about overcoming life’s difficulties and achieving their dreams. Kellem will share his inspirational story at noon Oct. 25 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This free event is open to the public and will take place in the cafeteria located at the campus’ Community Center.

Kellem’s bone disorder causes his bones to break easily which has resulted in more than 40 broken bones and 12 surgeries. But despite these challenges, Kellem still has the passion, motivation and energy, “to showcase the abilities of people with disabilities.”

Even with his obstacles and the use of a manual wheelchair, Kellem graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in sports administration. “Edinboro University was truly a magical place for me as it opened doors, showed me I can be successful and provided me with the knowledge I needed to make things happen,” he said.

Today, Kellem is the manager of diversity initiatives with the Pittsburgh Pirates. When he is not at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Kellem can be seen serving on several non-profit boards including the Edinboro Alumni Board, Consumer Health Coalition, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network.

Kellem also has a love for adapted sports where he not only organizes the programs, but also actively participates. He is a wheelchair basketball coach and plays second base for Pittsburgh’s only wheelchair competitive softball team.

“Wheelchair sports have been a blessing, as I have had the opportunity to visit many parts of the United States that I would not have seen otherwise,” said Kellem. “I want to make an impact on this region in a positive way, and right now I try to do that through encouraging interactions and helpful messages.”

Kellem will be speaking in conjunction with National Disability Month.

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