After a seemingly normal childhood filled with a love of magic and theater, at age 14 Dave Lewis learned that his life would be shortened due to Friedreich's Ataxia and he began to make life decisions accordingly.
Graduating from high school early, he headed for college in the Southwest to avoid cold weather and icy sidewalks. He studied theater arts at UCSD, followed by a few years living in Mission Beach, CA, where he wrote novels and enjoyed the beach and sun.
Returning to the Midwest in the early 1990s, he taught adult computer classes at the Science Museum of Minnesota, until his failing voice required that he choose another profession.
Next, he became a software engineer with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Washington, D.C. and bought a condo in Virginia, modifying it to accommodate his wheelchair. He also traveled alone to such destinations as St. Thomas, V.I., and Lima, Peru. His disability forced his retirement in 2001.
He returned to Minnesota and later spent the last three years of his life writing his memoir to provide information and inspiration to countless others. Throughout his life he looked at what he COULD do and made the most of it. He identified new skills, developed them and used them to move ahead. When a path closed down, he forged a new one. He found lots of joy in his life and became an inspiration to many.
June 1968 - April 2008