Nicholas Albert D'Agostino was born on August 15th, 1989. He is the proud son of Albert and Susan D'Agostino, the inspired twin brother of Anthony D'Agostino, and the blessed boyfriend of Breelagh DuHaime. His parents tried for many years to have children and finally gave birth to twins!
Raised in Wantage, New Jersey, Nicholas and his twin brother Anthony were diagnosed with a muscle disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months old and were both confined to power wheelchairs at the young age of 6. At 8 years old, Nicholas underwent spine surgery for scoliosis, received a steel rod in his back, developed a malicious staph infection, and spent the entire Summer of 1998 fighting for his life. Today, he fights for the lives of others.
Nicholas, using his disability to enable others, is quickly becoming one of the most influential young people around. He is a riveting motivational speaker and author, the founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization called The Safe Heaven, and the host of an online radio show called ANTagoNICKs. His spoken word poetry, which he implements in his speeches, is highly acclaimed and has been featured on international television on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
He focuses on spreading his message of diversity through his inspiring story that revolves around his diagnosis with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and his life in a wheelchair. He raises awareness about bullying and shares his experiences, while helping the weak to find their strengths and shine through the darkness around them.
Once people find their talents and passions, Nicholas takes them on a powerful journey to reach their unlimited potential. He cultivates and raises up leaders through his radiating confidence and unparalleled ability to empathize with everyone that he encounters.
CURRENT PROGRAMS (UP From Here LLC):
Gravity (can be adapted for all ages and groups)- Nicholas performs his internationally recognized poem "Gravity" and elaborates on the ideas within its words. He explains how gravity is our main nemesis in life, as it prevents him from walking, all of us from flying, makes us fall, and holds us down. How can we remedy this? We have to turn this world around! Nicholas shares his inspiring strategy!
Brick! (can be adapted for all ages and groups)- Nicholas challenges both followers and leaders alike to step up, conquer their obstacles, and pursue their dreams and goals. He describes the brick walls we build and how to knock them down. He advises his audience how to take shots in life without taking bricks! Do you have a good excuse for your life? Not anymore!
Don't Turn Red (can be adapted for all ages and groups)- Nicholas explains how turning red can taunt the BULLies. The more embarrassed and angry you get, the more they come after you! Nicholas discusses the importance of staying cool without waving a white flag.
Think Longer, Love Stronger (can be adapted for all ages and groups)- Nicholas delves deep into the world of respect and why it is a great place to live. Think before you speak and love before you're weak! He explains how to respect our elders, our friends, and most importantly… ourselves!
*MUST BE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE*
**ALL EXPENSES INCLUDED**