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Sharing the Journey of Empowerment at Central Catholic High School’s “Central State of Mind” Summit

On a crisp February day in 2024, Tony and I had the privilege of addressing a vibrant audience at Central Catholic High School during their fifth annual “Central State of Mind” Human Dignity Summit. This event, dedicated to fostering dialogue and reflection on cultural humility, social awareness, and human dignity, provided the perfect backdrop for our message on the transformative power of storytelling and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Embarking on a Shared Mission

Our journey to the stage at Central Catholic is a testament to the enduring friendship and shared dreams that have defined our lives. From the second grade to the present day, our paths have been intertwined, each step marked by challenges overcome and dreams realized. Together, we have embarked on a mission-driven venture that combines the power of motivational speaking with the beauty of artistic expression. Our goal? To inspire, empower, and create a ripple effect of positive change.

A Tapestry of Challenges and Triumphs

Our keynote speech was an intimate glimpse into our lives, highlighting the challenges we’ve faced and the victories we’ve celebrated. We opened with our current endeavors, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of our connected journeys. Delving into the intricacies of living with Cerebral Palsy, we shared not just the obstacles but the triumphs of overcoming them—from the early days of learning to control my (Blake’s) body to the challenges and achievements of adolescence and adulthood.

A Message of Empowerment

Central to our message was the theme of empowerment over victimhood. We stressed the importance of framing one’s narrative not as a limitation but as a catalyst for growth and impact. “How are you using your story?” we asked the audience, encouraging them to see their experiences as valuable chapters in a larger story that needs to be shared. This perspective, we believe, is crucial in fostering a sense of balance and understanding within ourselves and our communities.

The Closing Chapter: Balance and Friendship

As we concluded our address, we reflected on the essence of our partnership—the balance achieved through friendship, collaboration, and perseverance. Our upcoming documentary, “Balance,” aims to delve deeper into these themes, showcasing how true equilibrium in life transcends the physical and encompasses the mental and spiritual realms.

A Lasting Legacy

Our time at the “Central State of Mind” symposium was more than just an opportunity to speak; it was a chance to connect, share, and inspire. We left the stage hopeful that our stories would encourage others to embrace their narratives with courage and authenticity. As we continue on our journey, we are reminded of the power of storytelling to unite, empower, and transform—not just for a moment, but for a lifetime.

In sharing our experiences at Central Catholic, we hope to inspire others to find their voice, share their story, and join us in the ongoing narrative of human dignity and social justice. Together, we can create a world where every story is heard, every challenge is met with courage, and every life is lived in balance.

Blake and Tony are eager to bring their message of empowerment, resilience, and balance to your next event. To invite them to speak and share their inspiring journey with your audience, please email Blake at [email protected]. They look forward to the opportunity to make a lasting impact and connect with more communities through their powerful narratives.

Press Release #2


Disability Influencer Announces Inspirational Documentary “Balance” Ahead of World Cerebral Palsy Day

Author, speaker, coach, and TikTok influencer with cerebral palsy teams up with childhood friend to produce an inspirational documentary

Portland, Oregon, September 19, 2023 – As we approach World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6, childhood friends turned business partners Blake Shelley and Tony Muncy are thrilled to announce the title and start pre-production of a heartwarming and inspirational documentary, “Balance.” This moving tale brings to life the extraordinary friendship between two individuals — one with Cerebral Palsy — showcasing their journey of defying the odds and building dreams together.

“‘Balance’ is not just a business story; it’s a journey of friendship, courage, and the true spirit of harmony.” said Shelley, “I’m excited to share this title around World CP Day to show that it’s not only possible to balance success and challenges but thrive while doing so.

Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at just six months old, Shelley has become a symbol of determination, boasting an impressive portfolio as an author, motivational speaker, and social media influencer with a following of nearly 300k across TikTok and Instagram.

This documentary promises to be a rich narrative, highlighting their unique friendship and how they navigate operating a business and daily operations with Shelley’s disability. Through their shared commitment to philanthropy, Shelley and Muncy illustrate the incredible strength derived from friendship, the beauty of creativity, and the monumental triumphs that can be achieved through determination and a supportive community. The duo also plans to highlight other inspiring stories through their nonprofit, Breaking Chains Foundation.

“We invite the public to join our journey as we tell stories of courage, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit of harmony. We have a big vision!” Muncy says. “Our dream is to be able to be that missing link that often holds back others from sharing their story by filming and producing documentaries for others with disabilities or similar friendships.”

As the pre-production phase commences, the producers are extending an open invitation to the public, encouraging them to become part of this remarkable journey, which showcases that any obstacle can be overcome with resilience, passion, and community, paving the way for a legacy of positivity and inspiration.

Join Blake and Tony as they take you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, determination, and balance. Be a part of this inspiring narrative that promises to touch hearts and change lives.

To stay updated with the developments and become a part of the journey, visit https://balancedocumentary.com and follow @balancedocumentary on Instagram.

About World Cerebral Palsy Day

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global movement that started in 2012. Last year, it reached over 10 million people. It aims to bring together people living with cerebral palsy, their families, supporters, and organizations from over 100 countries. All with the aim to ensure a future in which children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access, and opportunities as anyone else in our society. Learn more by visiting https://worldcpday.org.

About Blake Shelley and Tony Muncy

Blake Shelley is an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and a revered social media influencer, turning personal challenges into a source of strength for others. Tony Muncy is a visionary artist and the creative mastermind behind Muncy Designs. Together, they founded Redwing Solutions, a mission combining motivational narrative with artistic creativity, fostering empowerment and inspiration.

Media Contact:

For media inquiries, interviews, or more information, please contact:

Blake Shelley

PO Box 1666

Estacada, OR 97023

Phone: 503-451-0140

E-mail: [email protected] 

TikTok: @coachblakeshelley

Website: https://blakeshelley.com 

Media Kit: https://redwingmediagroup.com/media-kit/


Press Release #1


Friends Turn Collaborators: Blake Shelley and Tony Muncy Launch Fundraising Campaign for Inspirational Documentary

Author, speaker, coach, and TikTok influencer with cerebral palsy teams up with childhood friend to form a business and inspire others

ESTACADA, OREGON, AUGUST 28, 2023 — Childhood friends turned collaborators Blake Shelley and Tony Muncy are embarking on a remarkable journey to share their unique story of friendship, triumph, and service with the world. This dynamic duo is excited to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign on August 25, 2023, to support the production of their inspiring documentary.

Shelley, an accomplished life coach, author, motivational speaker, and TikTok influencer with a following of nearly 300k, has overcome the challenges of living with Cerebral Palsy to become a beacon of strength and determination. Despite facing difficulties in everyday tasks, Shelley’s unwavering passion and dedication to improving lives have driven him to achieve success beyond expectations. His journey from diagnosis to empowerment has been nothing short of extraordinary. During the launch of Shelley’s first book, “Breaking Chains: The 6 Links of Turning Bondage into Tools of Freedom”, he was featured in the “Everyday Hero” segment on KATU, the ABC affiliate in Portland, OR.

Muncy, a gifted graphic designer, photographer, and creative mind, has been Shelley’s partner in countless ventures since their days as inseparable childhood friends. The duo’s bond, forged since second grade, has only strengthened over nearly three decades of friendship. Their resilience in the face of adversity and shared passion for making a difference led them to launch their collaborative initiative, Redwing Solutions.

Redwing Solutions, a venture that combines Shelley’s technical and motivational expertise and Muncy’s artistic talents, aims to help others share their stories in innovative and impactful ways. The duo’s vision extends beyond their own experiences as they seek to spotlight individuals with disabilities and unique friendships that positively impact the world.

In their pursuit of realizing this vision, Shelley and Muncy have partnered with the Breaking Chains Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring under-served demographics through motivational resources and coaching services, which Shelley founded in October 2018. To kickstart their ambitious documentary project and further their mission, Shelley and Muncy have initiated a fundraising campaign with a goal of $50,000. The funds will be used to purchase the necessary tools and resources to produce their documentary and enter it into prominent film festivals to inspire others to tell their stories.

“We have a big vision!” Muncy says. “Our dream is to be able to be that missing link that often holds back others from sharing their story by filming and producing documentaries for others with disabilities or similar friendships.”

“We believe that our story can inspire others to overcome challenges, pursue their passions, and make a meaningful impact,” Shelley says. “Through this documentary, we aim to showcase the power of friendship, resilience, and the potential within each of us to create positive change.”

To support their cause and contribute to their mission, Shelley and Muncy invite the community to join their journey by donating to the Breaking Chains Foundation. No matter how small, every contribution will play a crucial role in bringing their documentary to life and spreading a message of hope and empowerment.

To donate and participate in the “Redwing Initiative,” please visit http://donorbox.org/redwing-initiative.

Follow Blake and Tony’s journey and stay updated on their progress through their social media channels: Instagram: @coachblakeshelley, @muncydesigns TikTok: @coachblakeshelley, @muncydesigns.


World Cerebral Palsy Day – October 6, 2023: https://worldcpday.org


For media inquiries, interviews, or more information, please contact:

Blake Shelley

PO Box 1666

Estacada, OR 97023

Phone: 503-451-0140

E-mail: [email protected] 

TikTok: @coachblakeshelley

Website: https://blakeshelley.com 

Media Kit: https://redwingmediagroup.com/media-kit/


Redwing Initiative Update #1


To all our incredible friends and supporters, YOU ARE AMAZING!

Your generosity and belief in our journey have been nothing short of inspirational. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for joining us on this adventure.

Blake and I have been best friends for nearly three decades, and it’s high time we share our story with the world. But that’s not all; our mission is to inspire others to do the same, to “break chains”, and to soar to new heights. 

Our intent for our very first full length documentary is not just to tell our tale; we’re sending out a message of hope, unity, and boundless potential.

By incorporating our non-profit, Breaking Chains Foundation, we’re doubling down on our purpose to fulfill the Foundation’s mission, “to supply motivational resources to under-served demographics”. 

We’re thrilled to announce that due to the incredible response and unwavering support from our community, we’re raising the bar even higher! 🚀 Our initial goal of $10,000 has now skyrocketed to an ambitious 50,000. This not only ensures we have the tools to film and produce this documentary but will allow us to accomplish our goal of entering it into film festivals. We believe this exposure will get it in front of more people and inspire others to overcome challenges. 

We’re kicking things off with a story of friendship, collaboration, and sheer determination. But we can’t do it without your support! Your donation – even as little as $2 – can set wheels in motion and help us reach this new goal. 

Click the link in our bio, show your love with shares and likes, and let’s conquer this elevated donation goal. 

Your generosity fuels our fire, and we’re beyond excited to have you by our side as we embark on this unforgettable journey. 

Introducing the Redwing Initiative


Hey everyone, I’m Blake, and I want to introduce Tony, our new team, and how you can be a part of what we are doing! We are launching a “$2 Challenge” starting tonight, and Tony will tell you all more about that.

Excellent! As Blake just mentioned…I’m Tony Muncy and….

Blake and I have been friends for nearly 3 decades. We believe it is time to share our plans to bring our story to the public in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. We hope to do this by filming our first documentary, highlighting our unique friendship, passions, and struggles in life while pursuing our mission of serving others. Through our non-profit and our new company, Redwing Solutions, our goal is to help others and tell their story in a unique way.

As we consider how we could give back to our community, we realize that the mission of Breaking Chains Foundation aligns with our desire to tell stories that motivate and inspire an underserved demographic. We are starting by sharing our story of friendship and collaboration.

Our goal is to eventually sponsor and spotlight the stories of others with disabilities or unique friendships that are making a difference in our world.

We need your help in spreading the word and making a small donation to Breaking Chains Foundation and getting us to our goal of $10,000 to purchase the tools needed to launch this new initiative. We would love to invite you to join our journey by donating $2 to our “Redwing Initiative” through the link in the bio.

Thank you for taking the time to share, like, and donate! We can’t wait to share this journey with you all!

About the Project

Blake Shelley & Tony Muncy: Inspiring Collaborators

Blake Shelley and Tony Muncy are a dynamic duo whose remarkable friendship, creativity, and empowerment journey has inspired and uplifted countless individuals. Their shared passion for making a positive impact and their unwavering determination to overcome challenges has led them to create a powerful team that touches hearts and minds.

Blake B. Shelley, an acclaimed author, motivational speaker, and expert in overcoming adversity, has transformed his journey with Cerebral Palsy into a beacon of strength and resilience. His commitment to helping others achieve success through planning and self-reflection has ignited a movement of empowerment. Blake’s story of triumph over physical obstacles, guided by faith and unwavering support, serves as a testament to our potential to break free from limitations.

Tony Muncy, a visionary artist, photographer, and creative force behind Muncy Designs, brings a unique blend of artistic talent and a love for the outdoors to his work. His captivating artwork not only showcases his connection with nature and fishing but also reflects his desire to offer something truly distinctive to the world. Tony’s dedication to his craft extends beyond his art, as he’s deeply involved in the fly fishing and fly tying community, preserving traditions and building connections.

Together, Blake and Tony co-founded Redwing Solutions, a collaborative venture that melds Blake’s motivational expertise with Tony’s artistic prowess. Their initiative aims to empower others to share their stories in impactful ways, highlighting disabilities and unique friendships that inspire change. With a shared commitment to philanthropy, they’ve embarked on projects that resonate with their values and enrich the lives of those they touch.

Blake and Tony’s journey is a testament to the strength of friendship, creativity, and the ability to turn challenges into triumphs. Through their endeavors, they remind us that with determination, passion, and a supportive community, we can overcome obstacles and create a positive legacy that resonates far beyond ourselves.

Donations are tax-deductible through our 501(c)3 nonprofit, Breaking Chains Foundation.

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