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Houston Texas - Disabled Man tries to get off of Public Aid by creating a Fun Cuddle Me Spoon set for 2.

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Houston Texas - Disabled Man tries to get off of Public Aid by creating a Fun Cuddle Me Spoon set for 2.

My life drastically changed on December of 1988. Why? At the age of 26, I suffered a severe and debilitating stroke that immediately left me unable to move, breath or eat. I was also unable to ever work again. That left me totally dependent upon state and federal assistance. I don’t like that to this day! My family wasn’t prepared! I wasn’t prepared! We had to adjust on the fly, so to speak. Needless to say, life became very difficult. Since my stroke happened in 1988 there wasn’t much the medical community could do for me, so my life was...

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Who am I? by Ken Vantroba AKA CuddleMan

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Who am I?  by Ken Vantroba  AKA CuddleMan

My life drastically changed in December of 1988.  Why? At the age of 26, I suffered a severe and debilitating stroke that immediately left me unable to move, breath or eat.  I was also unable to ever work again.  That left me totally dependent upon state and federal assistance.  I don’t like that to this day! My family wasn’t prepared!  I wasn’t prepared!  We had to adjust on the fly, so to speak.  Needless to say, life became very difficult.  Since my stroke happened in 1988 there wasn’t much the medical community could do for me, so my life was...

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Accidental Entrepreneur

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Accidental Entrepreneur

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Accidental Entrepreneur   It’s a well known fact that when a person has some sort of brain injury their thinking ability will fail them first.  When I began to recover from my stroke I always worried that another attack would happen to me.  To put my mind at ease I would periodically create tests or challenges to keep my mind busy. Funny thing - coming up with the tests was a great challenge all on its’ own.  After 26 years of regular mind testing and challenges one day I came up with a real...

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Did you ever have a great idea or invention you wanted to share with others?

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Did you ever have a great idea or invention you wanted to share with others?

So what happened?  Did you put your idea on the back burner or did you make it into a business? Before I tell you what I did, let me give you a little background.  On December 11th 1988, I suffered a severe stroke which left me totally physically disabled.  In other words, I can’t walk, I can’t speak well, I only have the use of my right arm, I rely on others to care for me daily, and I haven’t been able to work for the last 29 years. BUT on the other hand, I have two college degrees –...

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Hello Shark Tank! - A Message to the Casting Producers.

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Hello Shark Tank! - A Message to the Casting Producers.

Hello Shark Tank! My name is Ken Vantroba and I live in Houston, TX I have a business called Cuddle Spoons.  What makes me different from all the other applicants is Me.  Let me explain.  I’m physically disabled and wheelchair bound since suffering a severe stroke in 1988.  I designed and created my spoons to reflect my life; 26 healthy and happy & 26 years disabled and learning how to BE happy. I also wanted people to be happy when they used them.  I mean, anyone can make a spoon – but to make people happy – THAT’S the real...

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