Big Fun hosts book signing for Heights Hall-of-Famer Henkin
On Nov. 9, 7–8 p.m., local author Barry Henkin will sign copies of his 2014 autobiography, Why Am I So Special, at Big Fun, 1814 Coventry Road.
Henkin, who has faced developmental challenges since birth, wrote the book in the hopes of motivating others to live their lives to their fullest potential.
A 2013 inductee into the Heights High Hall of Fame, Henkin is also a two-time gold-medal-winning Special Olympian.
“Hosting this book signing is an honor,” said Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun and a longtime friend of Henkin.
Henkin is an advocate for, and inspiration to, individuals living with disabilities and challenges, and is a popular motivational speaker.
He has received numerous awards, including high praise and repeat commendations for being a stellar employee at Menorah Park, in Beachwood, where he has worked for more than 35 years.
Henkin’s life, his positive attitude, and his accomplishments are an inspiration to others.
In a 2013 Heights Observer article, Presser said of his friend, “In a world that sees so many negatives, Barry finds all the positive things in life.”
Wanda Ngolo, a parent and Reaching Heights board member, said, “As a mother whose child was born with developmental delays, when I look at all that Barry accomplishes, and all that he stands for, I am encouraged about the future for my child and the community that surrounds her.”
Henkin is at work on a second book that he plans to release in 2017.
Lisa Hunt is assistant director of Reaching Heights and founding member of the Exceptional Children’s Advocacy Group (ECAG). She is a resident of Cleveland Heights and a graduate of the Heights schools. She also serves as board secretary for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD).