1981, Mike Segal was a promising pre-med student at the University of Texas
at Austin. Unfortunately, being at the wrong place at the wrong time
dramatically altered his life's dream. Mike and his girlfriend stopped at a
convenience store to get some gas after a late night study session. He
walked inside and found himself in the midst of an armed robbery.
He was immediately escorted into the freezer, assaulted and then
mercilessly shot execution-style, in the back of the head. The perpetrators
believed that they had eliminated the sole witness for their crime, but Mike
Segal survived. What they did kill was the promising career of a future
surgeon. Still, they did not kill the spirit and determination of a man with
a caring heart.
After Mike's unfortunate
encounter with circumstances, (and after long and difficult rehabilitation),
he went on to graduate with the highest honors from undergraduate school at
UT, graduate from graduate school, was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa
Honors Society and the National Leadership Honors Society, and was featured
in Newsweek Magazine as an "unsung hero."
After he graduated from college, Mike married his high school sweetheart, Sharon (who was always at his side) and together they have one daugther, Shawn. He is now
a social worker in Houston, Texas; working
primarily with families and patients. In addition, he spends time writing inspirational
stories, often published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and e-zines
as well as writing an autobiography. Mike is also writing an anthology of
his own personal stories as well as having a CD of 12 of his stories, read over light music (for more details on all of Mike's writings
click here). Additionally, Mike is
an in demand motivational/inspirational speaker (for more information please
go to the speaking section).