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When I first interviewed singer Jesse Ruben back in 2010, he was training for his very first marathon. That marathon, his first of many endeavors for Team Reeve, was just the start to a very noble journey. Honoring his best friend living with a spinal cord injury and the entire paralysis community for some time now, we'd like to ask you to honor Jesse, too. He is hoping to get on "Ellen" with his latest, uplifting, song "We Can." But he needs your support!
Jesse Ruben inspired MTV Act readers and he's doing it again!
How so? With his great music and his relationship with BFF Zack Weinstein (who is also pretty damn inspiring, BTW). Zack is unable to walk, and this has made both guys passionate about bettering the lives of people with paralysis, so they’re each ambassadors for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Now Jesse’s started the "I Can" initiative to make sure kids know the importance of dreaming big and going after their goals!
Jesse’s hoping to get on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with this, and we wish him the best of luck! In the meantime, we wanted to learn all about this new campaign and get an update on how Zack is doing. Both of these guys know the meaning of the words “I can.”
ACT: What can you tell us about the "I Can" initiative? How did it get started? What is it all about?
JESSE: It was actually started by a group of teachers in a town called Courtenay, British Columbia. They wanted to create a program that taught their students to have big dreams, and to inspire them to take actions to make those goals a reality. As they were creating the initiative, one of the teachers discovered my song "We Can" and it became the theme song for the project. They wrote to me thanking me for the song, and asked if I would ever consider coming to visit. Of course I said yes, and after people heard about my trip, and saw the video we filmed, I started getting requests to bring it to other places.
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