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John Tartaglio’s ‘Triumph’ over ‘Tragedy’ in Newly Released Book
MILFORD, Conn. (February 6, 2014) – In 24 hours, a rare bacterial infection turned healthy 17-year-old John Tartaglio to a double-leg amputee, but 15 hours and 59 minutes is all that it took for him to reclaim the life that he had left behind.
FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH, written by Tartaglio and Andrew Chapin, is the uplifting story of a young adult who refused to quit as he tackled a seemingly insurmountable bacterial infection. Told he would never walk again, Tartaglio did what leading health professionals and prosthetic specialists alike said could never be done.
He would go on to compete in 5K and 10K running competitions, as well as triathlons and even a 70.3 mile half ironman, becoming the first bilateral hip disarticulate ever to complete these events. These prepared him for his greatest challenge outside of survival–the New York City Marathon.
As he crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon, he realized the ultimate culmination of determination. In facing the unknown illness that took his limbs, John transcended his disability, showing the world that “How far you fall does not determine who you are; it’s how hard you work to get back up.”
Tartaglio, a professional motivational speaker, was recently featured on “Where Are They Now?” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Friday, January 10. In the coming weeks, he will also be interviewed for the inaugural segment of the “Great Americans” series on Hannity, which airs weekdays on Fox News at 10-11 p.m. ET/PT.
A 2009 graduate of Fairfield University, Tartaglio will be an MBA graduate from the University of Connecticut in 2014. His mission is to inspire people to pursue what they value and, in doing so, allow them to see that they can achieve anything they want.
His co-author Andrew Chapin, a middle school English teacher in New Rochelle, NY, majored in English and graduated from Fairfield University in 2009, recently completed his MSEd in adolescent English education at Iona College. His next project is his coming-of-age novel KNOWING WHEN YOU’RE TOO YOUNG TO GROW UP.
Published on December 30, 2013, FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH is currently available in paperback and Kindle on amazon.com. For more information, visit amazon.com or query the contact listed below.