Big Fun hosts book signing for Heights Hall-of-Famer Henkin

Author Barry 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

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). 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:42 AM, 11.01.2016