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Speaking topics:

  • Perseverance & Change
  • Perspective & motivation
  • Patient Experience
  • Caregiving & advocacy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Custom

If you want me to speak at your event please message me via the contact section for a quotation and to check availability.

"I do not have cystic fibrosis. I did not spend a lifetime taking pills with every meal or doing breathing treatments and I never went into respiratory failure requiring a double lung transplant. My wife Rebecca did."

Raymond L. Poole is an author, motivational speaker, and an advocate for the CF Foundation speaking about his role as his wife's cornerman and the humbling life lessons that he drew from the experience. With plenty of wit and no shortage of of stories, Ray shares some universal truths from an inspiring yet challenging journey.

University of Cincinnati Speech link: A Patient's Experience - Physical Therapy

Paperback ​and Kindle


CFF Cincinnati link: CFF Cincinnati

Siri Vaeth Dunn, MSW Programs and Outreach Manager at Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI)

"As a coordinator, people have been coming to me all day saying how much they enjoyed the program on Friday. It was phenominal."

2017 CFRI Speech link:Lessons from a CF Cornerman

 2017 CFRI Conference Kickoff Speech: Play full speech here (below)

Laura Morgan Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)

"It was so quiet in the room that you could hear a pin drop because people were just engaged and listening and he really brought his story to life."

"We hear these types of presentations at almost all of our events...everyone came up to me after the event and said 'Ray was amazing, he did a wonderful job!'"

Isa Stenzel Byrnes, LCSW, MPH Bereavement Social Worker, Author, TEDx Speaker

"The audience was blown away by Ray's speech."

"It was the first speech of the conference so he really set the stage ..."

​2017 CFRI Speech link:Lessons from a CF Cornerman

Lizanne Mulligan PT, PhD Professor at the University of Cincinnati

"It was a great presentation and I think it really helps our students (and me) to hear about how important it is to consider the whole patient and consider their feelings and not just think about your immediate job was great to hear your experiences and you were really so open..."