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Redmond man won't let disablity stop him

By Joe Burns
Published On: Jan 06 2013 11:03:51 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 07 2013 12:35:13 PM CST

One Redmond man is not letting his disability stop him from making a difference. See how he wants to inspire others.

REDMOND, Ore. -

One Redmond man is determined not to let his disability stop him from pursuing his dreams and now he wants to help others pursue theirs.

Casey Olsen, 25, has cerebral palsy, but if you think that's stopping him from becoming a businessman, it's not.

"My job is to help people that have been told 'no' their whole life," Olsen said Sunday.

Olsen is a distributor for a dietary supplement called Protandim.

And he wants those in the disabled community to become entrepreneurs themselves. 

We caught up with him at one of his meetings Sunday in Redmond to see how he's inspiring others.

"That's over $1,000 a month, you can order this on my website for $45 a month and it lasts you 30 days," Olsen said.

Olsen is a good salesman, selling the dietary supplement that he says he can't live without.

"It took me a while to come up with the money to do this business, but I knew this was the next future for me," said Olsen.

Olsen holds sales presentations about once a week in the community room at the Redmond Ray's Food Place.

It's a free space that's available while he and his business partner, Criss Curley, look for donated space.

"It makes me want to cry every time," Curley said after watching Olsen speak. "I'm just so proud of him"

Curley has known Olsen for some time -- she used to be his caseworker,  and also introduced him to the product after it changed her life.

"I knew that my business partner Casey would thrive at this, so I had to tell him, and so I did, after I left my job," Curley said. "We are no longer caseworker-client. We are business partners."

But Olsen isn't just a businessman. He's a motivator.

"People have told me, 'You can't do nothing,'" Olsen said. "They told me that you are going to be on the couch, never live on your own, not going to have anything. You know what? I have everything."

At the presentation on Sunday, Olsen introduced another endeavor, the CanDo Club.

"What this project is going to do, it's going to help disabled people become entrepreneurs," said Olsen.

He's asking the community for cans, so that way he can use the money to buy materials for those who want to follow in his footsteps.

"I'm giving them an opportunity of a lifetime to change their life, physically and financially," Olsen said.

While his job might be to sell a product, this latest endeavor could be considered his calling.

"When you're ready to be turned loose and be on your own, you can give a presentation just like I do, every night and day," Olsen told those at the presentation.

If you would like to join the CanDo Club, they meet in the Community Room at the Redmond Ray's Food Place.

They have four more dates this month, on the 7th, 23rd, 28th, and 30th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can contact Olsen at 541-279-3627 or at caseyolsen25@gmail.com

You also can contact Crissy Curley at 541-350-6889 or at curley932@gmail.com

If you have any cans you would like them to pick up, you can contact Curley.

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