Feb 15, 2016
Veteran, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, living well with diabetes
On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel welcome Urban Miyares.
Urban is a nationally recognized blinded Vietnam veteran with Diabetes, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and educator, mentor, author/writer, inventor and patent holder, television and film personality, and world-class athlete! In 1985, Urban founded the Disabled Businesspersons Association, a national, volunteer-based charity, assisting in the rehabilitation and back-to-work of people with disabilities. He is also Director of both the Western Region Veterans Business Resource Center, and Challenged America, a free learn-to-sail recreational rehabilitation program for kids and adults with disabilities. Urban was a member of the record-setting Challenged America 2003 Transpac Team, the first crew of sailors with significant disabilities to race in the 98-year history of the Transpacific ("Transpac") Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. In 2004, Urban received a kidney transplant, and has been able to continue his busy life-style without interruption.
Among his many amazing life stories, Urban shares his experience of being left for dead in a body bag in Vietnam, only to be discovered alive by a medic, who opened the bag to put a toe tag on him. This was where his personal Diabetes journey began.