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Benjamin C. Graham also known as “Bigmouthben” is a published author of "The Book of Benjamin", a business owner, and founder of Motivation Forward Inc. along with his wife Tanya Graham. Together they both empower their community to overcome adversities such as addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Ben Graham also sits on the Board of Partners For Home, an Atlanta Continuum of Care which diligently works hard to provide resources for various C.O.Cs to make sure those experiencing homelessness and mental illness have the opportunity to become stable.
Ben Graham has a powerful story that is touching the lives of many across the country. He has been featured on various news stations and recognized by former Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed. He has led many on the path of recovery through mentoring and support. Ben is currently a CIT (counselor in training) realizing that the key to healing and building a community is treatment. He speaks in schools, universities, churches, and court-mandated programs to carry the message of hope.
A series of traumas propelled Ben Graham into a 17-year drug addiction/mental illness. He also suffered a life-threatening injury being crushed at the pelvis on the back of a garbage truck. This injury landed Ben in a wheelchair but faith and determination brought healing. He took that same wheelchair and turned it into a snack cart to support himself later designing a bike which soon led to brick and mortar. Today he is certain that anyone can dream again with proper treatment and determination.
While working on the back of a garbage truck in early 2000, Benjamin (Ben) experienced a horrible accident that left him in a wheelchair. His entire pelvic area was crushed leaving his abdomen and lower body barely intact. With a prognosis that he would never walk again & months of excruciating pain, Ben was sent home in a wheelchair. The determination to succeed would not allow him to quit. After months of rehabilitation and agonizing pain, Ben made his way out of that wheelchair.
The famous yellow bike maneuvering through the inner-city streets of Atlanta was not always yellow. It was not always a bike. The vibrant and energetic guy named Benjamin “Bigmouthben” Graham that rides this bike wrapped tightly with yellow duct tape equipped with a storage basket on the front, cooler on the backend, and an 11” x 7” poster promoting “Bigmouthben” the artist, had quite a journey from college student & business owner to destitute drug addict.
To support himself Ben took that same wheelchair that was at one time destined to be his life and turned it into a mobile store. He filled it with water bottles & snacks then set out into the streets of Atlanta as an unlikely businessman pushing a wheelchair that drew attention both positive and negative. He held onto the positive and persevered through the negativity of humiliation that often comes along with doing what most people do not have the boldness to do even if their livelihood demanded.
As any businessman would do to expand their business, Ben began planning and implementing how he could service more people. He decided “I can get around faster on a bike”… The journey of the famous yellow bike begins…