An article from Mascioli Entertainment corporation sums him up his background and unique story of triumph:
Troy McClain was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1971. As the son of a construction worker, Troy's family moved from job to job, and in small towns and fishing villages like Kwethluk, Bethel, and Yakutat. Like other kids who moved from school to school, Troy was often in trouble, and he settled disputes with his fists.
In 1984, the McClain's adopted an Eskimo girl who after contracting spinal meningitis as an infant was left developmentally delayed and profoundly deaf. Troy's baby-sister, DoraLynn, became his best friend and would provide constant motivation for the rest of Troy's life.
In 1989, Troy's mother bought him a book that changed his life. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump became Troy's inspiration to work hard and to be able to provide for his family so they would never have to worry about money. He promised his mother he would meet Mr. Trump someday. That year, Troy graduated from Mead High School in Spokane, and he put his promise in print. "Trump, I'm coming!" He circled it and mailed it to Mr. Trump after graduation.
In 2013, The Nonprofit Center has lined up some star power to call attention to Idaho Gives. A newly released public service announcement (PSA) features various notable Idaho personalities urging Idahoans to give generously: Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter, NFL All-Pro and former Idaho State Bengal Jared Allen, Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke, critically acclaimed author Alan Heathcock, and “The Apprentice” star/entrepreneur Troy McClain. It is no wonder that so many people connect with his powerful journey.