Rick Amato has spoken to over 630,000 junior high and high school students, including
speaking to students in Pearl, MS and Paducah, KY where highly publicized school shooting
tragedies have occurred. Amato challenges thousands of students across America through
his public school lecture. "The message is powerful and so
needed in our schools," said Dr. Gene Henderson, a parent of a senior student,
"Kids hung on his words. They gave him standing ovations.
He shares that he has had a problem. He does not cover up failures which help
them identify with him."
For more than 25 years, Amato has communicated to young people with genuine transparency.
"Our future depends on the war he is waging,"
said former Congressman and NFL superstar Steve Largent. "
Anytime someone tries to help young people make good choices and stay
on the right track, I am for them."
"I've called a lot of tough games,” says James
Brown, ABC Sportscaster. “Amato's campaign is not a game.
It is a most serious mission that demands our attention.” Rick Amato’s
message has received both national and international acclaim in his campaign for the
War on Addiction®. Dr. Amato and his teams have traveled
extensively in Russia, China, Cuba, and other post-socialist countries where he personally
met with Presidents Gorbachev and Yeltsin in the Kremlin. Dr. Amato has traveled in 44
countries and in almost all 50 states including the United States Virgin Islands and Bermuda.
Dr. Amato has met Whoopi Goldberg and Bryant Gumbel and shared his life-changing message and
recently presented it to newsman Dan Rather and world-renowned artist Thomas Kinkade in
Amato has authored several books, including his challenge to the idea of coincidences,
A Pocket Full of Pennies, a book about discovering the
daily miracles in your life. The message has produced hundreds of video and audiotapes. In
addition to this, he has addressed the nation on television and his work has been
acknowledged on VH1, Fox Family Channel, The 700 Club, PBS, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation), BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) as well as many other major news
outlets. He leads groups of doctors, nurses and lay volunteers each year in humanitarian
efforts of medicine and Christian spirituality to many nations, especially focusing of late
in hundreds of United States government sanctioned missions to Cuba.
In addition to this, Amato has carried this journey around the world to, in Amato’s words,
"to impact the evolution of human consciousness before I die
with this message.” Amato likens this message to the hope he found as a
rebellious, confused, drug-using teenager in the early days of his development. He
now speaks to audiences with a fascinating combination of cutting-edge science and technology
synthesized with the ancient messages of spirituality and knee-slapping, hilarious humor.
Dr. Amato is founder and president of KidsCare, a multi-million dollar, non-profit humanitarian
and educational organization, distributing medicine, medical supplies and equipment into
Cuba, Eastern Europe and other post-socialist countries. His organization has taken over
$5,000,000 worth of medicine and medical equipment performing surgeries, including one
uniting American and Cuban doctors to heal a child in the precarious nation of Cuba.
Before the surgery, the doctors prayed together.
Serious business, that's how Rick Amato defines his journey. Amato and his wife of
over 30 years, Nancy, are continuing in a family life that now includes eight
grandchildren with an eighth on the way. He is a doting grandfather who says, "
What started out to be a fight for survival has now become a quest
that my children’s children and all the children of the earth might know, whatever their
problem, what it means to be free.”