A Bethlehem man with a terminal disease is proving that laughter is indeed the best medicine.
Now, he's reaching out to others with a hope to help them overcome their adversities.
Shane Burcaw was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at a young age. He's been in a wheelchair since the age of two.
It's a medical condition he's using to inspire many facing their own problems.
"My muscles developed a little bit," said Burcaw. "They don't have the protein that they need to survive basically, so over time my muscles waste away."
Usually, people with SMA die at a young age. Burcaw is 20. He's sharing his story to help raise money for medical research.
"Scientists are closer than they've ever been so the hope for kids younger than me and kids that have yet to be born with SMA," said Burcaw, who is raising money through laughter. He's created Laughing at my Nightmare.com.
It started as a blog telling people about his day-to-day activities. In January 2012, Burcaw, family and friends formed their own nonprofit.
"If you laugh at your problems, it's a lot easier to overcome them," said Burcaw.
"It's such a name that you've never heard of and just seeing all the people comment on his blog and on our website saying how many people that he's touched is so amazing," added Erinn Hess, a friend who also works as the treasurer at Laughing At My Nightmare Inc.
Eighty-thousand followers check out Burcaw's funny stories and photos. He said he's accepted that, at some point, he will die. Until then, he wants to make sure everyone knows laughter can help you overcome a lot of problems.
"It's been amazing that something I write about my life can do that for other people," said Burcaw, who is also working on hosting fundraisers in the area. For more information, click here.