Sam Bromley is a local author and public speaker who has traveled across the country and spoken to students at more than 350 schools.
However, his life took a drastic turn when he survived a head-on collision earlier this year.
“It’s been very hard. I don’t get to talk too often. As a matter of fact, right now is probably the most I’ve talked in one sitting since the accident,” Bromley said.
He spent more than a month in the hospital and intubation caused severe damage to his larynx. He now refers to himself as a storyteller without a voice.
Before the accident, Bromley’s children’s book “Hunka Chunka Monkey Shapes Up” was in popular demand. His characters all tackle different adolescent epidemics like childhood obesity.
“And I thought, ‘What’s the next message?’ And I thought of bullying. That’s when I came up with Bully the Badger,” Bromley said.
After multiple surgeries, Bromley and his team of doctors remain confident his voice will return. Meanwhile, he hopes teachers will continue using his creative message to spread uplifting messages in schools.
“It’s my dream to get back out there and do this because I’ve seen the faces of the children,” Bromley said. “I’ve heard their belly laughs, and I know for a fact I’ve got something that reaches kids.”
For purchasing information or character biographies, visit Bromley’s website hunka.org.