Niagara Gazette — It was only a matter of time before Zach Anner became an inspirational speaker.
After all, he’s carved a pretty impressive path, winning that Oprah Winfrey-financed TV show for himself and all.
But, when he stands before a banquet hall filled with people in Lewiston this September, he won’t be inspiring them because of what he has accomplished. It won’t even be because he accomplished all of it while battling a life long physical challenge and being wheelchair bound.
Anner, 27, will be inspiring because despite the challenges he has faced thus far, he doesn’t ever plan to give up on his dreams.
When his Oprah show, “Rollin’ with Zach,” was cancelled in December due to lack of viewership, despite positive reviews, Anner simply rolled onto a new path. Confident of his concept of an engaging show about the challenges of travel, he and a small crew immediately began work on a new show called “Riding Shotgun with Zach Anner.“ At this very moment Anner and his team are in the midst of a North American adventure which is being broadcast on the Internet, allowing fans to interact and make suggestions about each city the team visits.
Anner will return briefly to the area on Sept. 12 to be the keynote speaker at the Rivershore, Inc.’s third annual Gala Dinner. He will be speaking to leaders, clients and friends of the nonprofit, an organization created to help people with disabilities to leading meaningful lives.
He certainly knows a lot about success despite challenges. Because, beyond his ability to perform in front of camera and be funny and engaging, his obvious challenge and the one thing that makes him so remarkable and inspirational is that Anner was born with cerebral palsy — what he jokingly calls “the sexiest of all the palsies.”