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Al Ballard was born at 7:07 AM on 7-7-1947 and has lived an unusual and charmed life ever since. He has had numerous jobs including (but not limited to) truck driver, driller, tool dresser, heavy equipment operator, bartender, lab tech and janitor while his main career has always been as a salesman of many products and 30 years of owning and operating a placer gold mine near his home town of Helena.
Never one to conform to the boring hum-drum of “normal” everyday life, he has appeared in six movies (including “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT”), six television shows (including “NORTHERN EXPOSURE” and been a contestant on four game shows (WHEEL OF FORTUNE, SCRABBLE, SUPER PASSWORD and THE PRICE IS RIGHT).
Diagnosed with late stage, small cell, fast growing lung cancer in 2006, Al was given a maximum of two years to live. He and his wife Bobi felt that they had neglected their childrens religious training and so tried to rectify that so the kids would have something to believe in and hang on to when Al passed. Al became a born again Christian at East Valley Foursquare Church in East Helena, Montana and his cancer miraculously disappeared. It didn't go into remission, it left as if it never existed, after having been observed by five separate doctors and confirmed by multiple X-rays, CT scans, MRI's and biopsies.. His final medical report, by his family physician said “Spontaneous healing, remarkable recovery” When asked why this was on the report the Doctor replied “Because they won't let me call it a miracle, but you and I both know, don't we Al?”
Al believes that he recovered from the lethal cancer so that he could develop the program for quitting smoking contained in this book. It is his fervent hope that this program will save many lives and prevent much misery, which is why the book and necessary products are priced so cheaply. This is not about making money, it’s about saving lives and is payback for having his life saved and restored. While God and faith are mentioned a few times, this is not a religious book at all. Al's hope is that once you are set free of addiction to nicotine you will realize that you couldn't have done it alone and that you may consider examining your faith and beliefs.