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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The self-proclaimed "Scarman" told a group of local students "It's ok to be different."
Ward Foley shared his story of survival at Dupont Manual High School today.
He was invited by Senior Whitney Foster who suffers from the same Arthrogryposis disease Foley has, which can cause birth defects, including being born without tendons.
Whitney says she's been bullied because of her appearance and she wanted Foley to help her classmates understand the pain of that.
Foley says he has been bullied, humiliated, had multiple surgeries with scars all over his body - but he overcame it all to write two books and share his message of finding the good in every challenge.
Foley says "Life isn't fair, and life can be hard and it's not easy and it's easy to blame others isn't it, it's easy to be mad that we look different isn't it? But a lot of times, the one who's bullying us needs more help than we do."
Foley also raises money to buy Scarman dolls to give to children who can draw their own scars on them.