Regarding Troy McClain

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By The Staff

Perhaps you remember Troy McClain appearing on Donald Trump's highly rated “The Apprentice” television show in 2004. Since then, besides starting numerous business ventures, McClain ultimately became a passionate worldwide advocate for people with disabilities, including being an official spokesperson for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Idaho beginning February 7.

“I'm originally from Anchorage, Alaska,” said 38-year-old McClain in a telephone interview from his Boise, Idaho, home. “And when I was 14, my parents decided they would divorce. So my father took me hunting one last time before the split. From that hunting trip, I got pneumonia and was put in a Native-run hospital.”

While visiting him in the hospital, McClain's mother bonded with a 4-year-old Eskimo girl residing there as a ward of the state. DoraLynn Kignack had been institutionalized her entire life, was profoundly deaf, didn't know sign language, and had an intellectual disability. Unexpectedly, Troy's mother decided on-the-spot to adopt DoraLynn.

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