Child Motivational Speaker Seeks Christmas Miracle
'Little Torrance’ supporters launch campaign for special needs van'

At just 10 years old Torrance Johnson Jr. has been known to share a few of life lessons. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, he has offered himself as proof that inspiration comes in many forms.

“If God doesn’t heal me I’ll still serve him,” Torrance says.

A miniature motivational speaker, Torrance appears at church events, youth programs and workshops, sharing positive words and showing that disability doesn’t have to be a disservice. But now Torrance needs help in continuing to spread his encouraging message after his family’s vehicle ceased operating. He and his supporters, including youth and community advocates at the Detroit Impact Center, hope a local auto dealer or transportation company will generously donate a handicapped-accessible vehicle.

“Little Torrance is an intelligent and spiritually motivated young man who has not allowed the challenges of his wheelchair to stop him from being inspiration to children with similar conditions,” says Calvin Colbert, founder of Detroit Impact.

Detroit Impact’s support of Torrance includes plans to help him publish a book, along with hosting future appearances at the center, 9930 Greenfield in Detroit. Torrance is eager to make himself available for engagements again, once he and his family become mobile.

“We recognize Torrance as one of our change-makers,” says Colbert, “one of our future leaders who are making a difference.” For information media or to request interviews may contact Detroit Impact Center at (313) 272-0004 or