Tuesday, May 21, 2013

J.R. Martinez to speak at Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

J.R. Martinez, AspenPointe
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Tonight's the season finale of Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, a season that pales in comparison to last year's most-awesome All-Star round, not to mention Season 13, in which J.R. Martinez, a soap star, motivational speaker and vet, took home the mirror ball trophy.

Another reason probably has something to do with the fact that Jacoby Jones is still in the running, and — hello! — we must not promote the Baltimore Ravens. Gross.


Martinez won a huge following just by being a nice guy who, despite his lack of past experience, could really dance. He also overcame huge physical and emotional hurdles after suffering terrible burns following an IED explosion while deployed in Iraq in 2003.

So, the guy knows a thing or two about serious shit, which is why it's fitting that he'll be the keynote speaker at this year's Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon, hosted annually by AspenPointe. Tickets aren't yet available for the Oct. 15 affair, as AspenPointe will next month begin to accept nominations for the this year's Hero of Mental Health. (Last year's recipient: Dr. Sara Qualls.)

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