One of the Courageous Faces Foundation's champions is Brandon Farbstein who has amassed an enviable speaking career, but one born originally out of pain--intensive bullying because of his rare form of dwarfism. In his own words, "When I was 2, I was diagnosed with and extremely rare form of dwarfism, metatrophic dysplasia. The very first week of my freshman year, I became target number 1 on everybody’s list, and it got to the point where I started getting death threats every single week from the kids at my school.
I was moments away from ending my life, my journey here on earth because I had no purpose. I came home from school one day and I said to my Mom, I can’t do this anymore. I’m in too much pain. I see no point in living. I see no point of being me, and I want to die.
I’m lucky that I had two superheroes as parents who got the help that I needed.
You don’t have to have some rare medical condition in order to commit to doing what you want to do.
My speaking career really got off the ground after I gave my very first speech which was my TED-X talk. It was in front of 2000 people and I was 15. That was the very first time I decided to share my story, and really be authentic. It was really the launching point I needed, because it was when I went from being the victim of my circumstance to being the victor, and not only helping myself with the adversity that with the different diversity that I would have to go through on a daily basis, but helping empower millions of others to do the same.
From that point I realized I was put here for a reason, and everything that has led me to that point, the good, the bad, and the ugly, was worth it.
The really amazing thing about me discovering my gifts so young is that I am able to connect with other young people in a way that really no other speaker is able to do because of my age, because of my experience. I’m relatable." He feels fortunate to have a connection with the Courageous Faces Foundation because there is identification and connection, like a great family can provide. He says all of the other champions, or Inspirational Faces, might have the same conditions, but all relate to what it feels like to be an outcast and rejected and deal with the emotional pain. With the Foundation, Brandon says there is a family-like bond that pulls all of them together.