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Joni Eareckson Tada

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Founder & CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skill and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special-needs families, as well as training to churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreat, and has delivered over 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations. Joni survived stage III breast cancer in 2010, yet keeps a very active ministry schedule. Her new daily devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with cancer, and chronic pain. Joni also serves as General Editor of the new Beyond Suffering Bible (Tyndale). She and her husband, Ken, married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. You can learn more about Joni’s ministry at www.joniandfriends.org or can write her at response@joniandfriends.org.