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Cotton Wool Man, Motivational Speaker

Dean Clifford was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), an incredibly rare and debilitating skin condition with no cure. He wasn’t expected to live past the age of five but instead has become an inspiring member of the community and a shining example of the power we all possess in life. Since 2005, he has travelled the world sharing his story with groups and organisations as diverse as primary school children and prime ministers.

Now Dean challenges others to dare to dream and believe in themselves, with his own life experience as the motivational tool. This charismatic man will change your life, your perceptions about what can be achieved and the way you look at and accept people. Whether he speaks to three people or 3000, his goal is always the same: to connect and inspire.

People with EB are commonly described as ‘Cotton Wool Kids’. That’s because it’s a disease that usually results in an early death. In Dean’s case the word ‘survivor’ is more apt.

Dean continues to baffle medical science as one of the oldest survivors of what should be a fatal genetic skin condition. Despite a life of extreme pain and hardship, he has never wavered from his own dreams to be a productive member of the community working and contributing in a meaningful way.

When he’s not traveling the world sharing his story as a motivational speaker, Dean is the business and marketing officer for Ken Mills Toyota.

Dean is an Ambassador for the Brisbane Broncos Football Club, and a spokesperson for EB Awareness. He was a brand ambassador for Toyota Australia for 15 years, and has been the face and voice for Disability Employment in Australia. In recognition of his outstanding work to raise awareness for people with disabilities seeking to fill mainstream employment opportunities, he received a lifetime induction into the Hall of Fame.

Since 2004, Dean has trained as a powerlifter, and has become internationally recognised as one of the strongest powerlifters in his weight class – amazing for someone who’s skin is still medically regarded as being as fragile as tissue paper.

In demand as a motivational speaker, Dean’s presentations are raw, honest and powerfully moving as he details the highs and lows that are his life and the keys he has used to stay alive, to thrive and survive.

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Dean Clifford

Cotton Wool Man, Motivational Speaker

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Dean Clifford

Cotton Wool Man, Motivational Speaker

Dean Clifford was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), an incredibly rare and debilitating skin condition with no cure. He wasn’t expected to live past the age of five but instead has become an inspiring member of the community and a shining example of the power we all possess in life. Since 2005, he has travelled the world sharing his story with groups and organisations as diverse as primary school children and prime ministers.

Now Dean challenges others to dare to dream and believe in themselves, with his own life experience as the motivational tool. This charismatic man will change your life, your perceptions about what can be achieved and the way you look at and accept people. Whether he speaks to three people or 3000, his goal is always the same: to connect and inspire.

People with EB are commonly described as ‘Cotton Wool Kids’. That’s because it’s a disease that usually results in an early death. In Dean’s case the word ‘survivor’ is more apt.

Dean continues to baffle medical science as one of the oldest survivors of what should be a fatal genetic skin condition. Despite a life of extreme pain and hardship, he has never wavered from his own dreams to be a productive member of the community working and contributing in a meaningful way.

When he’s not traveling the world sharing his story as a motivational speaker, Dean is the business and marketing officer for Ken Mills Toyota.

Dean is an Ambassador for the Brisbane Broncos Football Club, and a spokesperson for EB Awareness. He was a brand ambassador for Toyota Australia for 15 years, and has been the face and voice for Disability Employment in Australia. In recognition of his outstanding work to raise awareness for people with disabilities seeking to fill mainstream employment opportunities, he received a lifetime induction into the Hall of Fame.

Since 2004, Dean has trained as a powerlifter, and has become internationally recognised as one of the strongest powerlifters in his weight class – amazing for someone who’s skin is still medically regarded as being as fragile as tissue paper.

In demand as a motivational speaker, Dean’s presentations are raw, honest and powerfully moving as he details the highs and lows that are his life and the keys he has used to stay alive, to thrive and survive.

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