Rob Roozeboom was initially diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy during early childhood. Today he travels and speaks about those challenges in his life and how gaining the right perspective has led him to overcome adversities.
Rob’s engaging personality and natural eloquence make it easy for others to learn what it’s like to live with a neuromuscular disease, and how to dream new dreams. You’ll be inspired in new ways after hearing Rob’s story.
Rob has shared the stage with artists such as: Hawk Nelson, Shane & Shane, Day of Fire, Mercy Me, Mark Schultz, Sara Groves, along with speakers and comedians: Ken Davis, Daren Streblow, Taylor Mason, Jay Laffoon and Ben Glenn.
Like many small-town boys growing up in the Midwest, Rob Roozeboom’s desire was to be a farmer and an athlete. Muscular Dystrophy cut short both those dreams while he was still in his teens.
But that was the beginning of Rob’s story, not the end.
Today, Rob is a man on a mission “to take what I’ve been dealt with and use it to affect the lives of others”. He’s the founder and president of RISE Ministries, Inc., an organization that teaches teens and adults how to overcome adversity in their lives.
Rob also shares his insights on a daily radio program called Rise Above Radio, and travels the country giving motivational speeches to a variety of audiences. In 2001 and 2002, he was featured nationally on the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, along with his wife, Sharla. Rob speaks from the heart and from experience.
He’s journeyed through loneliness, depression, substance abuse, rebellion, and suicidal despair; and has come out the other side with something important to say. Rob, Sharla, and their son, Jager, and daughters, Riley and Aidan, live in Iowa, where Rob enthusiastically helps his father-in-law harvest crops each fall.
His story will inspire and challenge any audience!