Jesse Billauer

One of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country!


Helping us commemorate Diversity Awareness Month and Disability Awareness, one of the most sought-after motivational speakers will join us: Jesse Billauer.

Just as negotiations were underway to put Jesse Billauer on America's Pro Surfing Tour, a fateful accident on the morning of March 25, 1996, shattered his dream. Surfing at Luna Beach, Jesse was swept off his board by the crest of a huge wave. He flew head-first into a shallow sandbar, and his body went limp. Jesse found himself floating face down in the water until friends pulled him to safety and stabilized him until the helicopter arrived. At UCLA Medical Center it was determined that Jesse's spinal cord injury was serious. His life would never be the same.

Two years later, Jesse Billauer, a quadriplegic, founded Life Rolls On in connection with the Christopher Reeves Foundation. Jesse became one of the most gifted motivation speakers in the country. In addition to disabilities awareness, Jesse's message is filled with hope and inspiration. Today, his testament to courage in the face of adversity has changed the lives of thousands of people who have heard him speak and marveled at his never ending faith in the unbridled human spirit.

Jesse's story has been heard by millions of people over the years. He has been featured by Good Morning America, TODAY, Dateline NBC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the surf film Step Into Liquid, and dozens more. His efforts have also results in several awards.

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This program is sponsored and funded by the Office of Campus Life and Intercultural Affairs (CLIA) and is free and open to the public.

For more information on this program, please contact Leia Rowland at (717) 948-6273 or


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