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Popular youth speaker will address students and adults about overcoming obstacles

Nathan Harmon is a man who is beyond passionate about what he does. He truly believes that every person he interacts with can be impacted and that every person can have a life that screams leadership, value, and belief. Harmon believes that people don’t have to settle for anything short of excellence, no matter the situation; that every person can rise above and overcome their obstacles.

There may not be another speaker who is more energetic and engaging. Yet Harmon wasn’t always so energetic and positive. In Harmon’s youth he found himself battling eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, divorced parents, self-harm and drug addictions, until he eventually made a decision that forever changed his entire life.

On July 17th, 2009, Harmon was drinking and driving when he lost control and hit a tree. His passenger Priscilla Owens lost her life the next morning. Harmon was sent to jail afterwards and was incarcerated for three years and nine months.

The Owens family forgave him and now with their full support, Nathan has dedicated his life to scream and shout from every mountain top that “Your Life Speaks! Your life is important. Your life and voice have the ability to overcome every obstacle and every situation.”

Harmon now travels the entire country, speaking to thousands of students and assisting them with tools they need to navigate the difficult world of life. He has been completely drug-free and sober now for 10 years.

Now the number one booked speaker for youth in the entire United States, Harmon will speak at a public event at Hayden Catholic High School, 401 Gage Blvd. in Topeka on Thursday, November 15. The free event is called “Your Life Speaks” and Harmon will address topics he is all too familiar with, such as suicide, bullying, drugs and alcohol and bad choices.

This life-changing event begins at 7:00 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages, preferably age 12 and up. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

A free will donation will be accepted at the event. To learn more visit www.YourLifeSpeaks.org.

For questions about the event, contact Jerry Hudgins of Sole Reason at 785-338-2965 or email Sole_Reason@yahoo.com. Sole Reason is the sponsor of the event. Hudgins started Sole Reason, in Topeka, Kansas, in response to Pope Francis’s call for “The Year of Mercy.” It is a non-profit 501c3 company that specializes in the collection and distribution of new sneakers to local children in need. Hudgins partners with several local organizations, such as Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Topeka, Communities in Schools, YWCA, Local School Districts, Family Service and Guidance Center, and Breakthrough House.

For more information about Sole Reason, visit www.solereason.net or Sole Reason on Facebook.


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