Meet Peter Dankelson

Peter Dankelson is a motivational speaker who is rocking his life with a guitar and Goldenhar Syndrome. He’s a 2019 School of Rock All Star who loves blues and classic rock.

 

Peter uses humor and music to explain his differences, encourage inclusion, and inspire students to embrace what makes them different.  Peter’s positivity, humor, and guitar skills motivate students to value their own life story and amplify kindness.

Peter is 19 years old and has shared his story with over 40,000 students.  He’s a Music Ambassador and Rare Storyteller for the charity Harmony 4 Hope and a certified #ChooseKind speaker for Children’s Craniofacial Association.

 

Peter has undergone 35 surgeries as a result of his birth defects.  He's proof that anything is possible with passion and a positive attitude.
 

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Recognition & Honors

 

2019 School of Rock All Star

2018 Patient of Courage Honoree

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

 

2018 Prudential

Spirit of Community Awards

Certificate of Excellence

 

2017 President's

Volunteer Service Award

 

2016 Champion of Hope Honoree

Global Genes

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