Sep 29, 2011

Keynote: Tolerance

Marc Elliot, keynote speaker for the third annual Student Success Day at Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, drew a standing ovation and interruptions of applause for his talk about tolerance on Wed., Sept. 28. Marc, who has Tourette's syndrome, spoke to more than 2,000 students with examples from his young life in which the ailment created moments of confrontation, confusion, and intolerance among those encountering his disability. He was born with a rare disease that virtually left him no intestines. At age nine he developed the neurological disorder that causes him to make involuntary motor and vocal tics. The Washington University graduate travels the country with his crucial message, and at age 25 he has been able to help his national audience of more than 20,000 in ways he had never imagined.