John O'Leary and Susan O'Leary Featured at 2017 Authors' Brunch
John O’Leary, in his book ON FIRE, relates the heart-wrenching story that began when, at age 9 in his family home in St. Louis, he accidentally set himself on fire! With severe burns on 98% of his body, John was given less than a 1% chance of survival. After spending five months in the hospital learning to walk again and figuring out how to use his hands again (his fingers had been amputated), John now had to deal with the reality of who he was. With his “unimaginable inner strength” and the help of the heroes who had stepped into his life—his family, the medical staff, and strangers—John not only survived but forged ahead to live life with zest and continues to help others do the same. Today, John O’Leary is married, has four children and is a writer and an international speaker.
Joe Buck of Fox Sports, and whose father, Jack, was instrumental in John’s recovery, said this about the book: “ON FIRE is an amazing reminder that we might not be able to choose the path we walk in life, but we can always choose the manner in which we walk it. It is fast paced, emotional and surprisingly funny.”
Susan and Denny O’Leary in their book, OVERWHELMING ODDS, recount the story of the mind-boggling challenges their family faced after the horrific accident of their son, John, in 1987. Accidentally “catching himself on fire” in their family home in a quiet St. Louis suburb, John suffered severe burns over most of his body and was given a 1% chance of survival.
ALSL Scholarships: A New Philanthropic Program
Assistance League® of St Louis has approved their Scholarship project as a new philanthropic program for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Having been tested as a pilot project under the auspices of Project ROSE since 2014, Assistance League Scholarship is designed to finance and implement scholarships for women in transition, women who want to improve their lives but are unable to do so on their own.
The impetus for the program was borne when Research & Development of Assistance League identified a need for helping women in the shelters that the organization serves. To address these needs Assistance League created the Scholarship Pilot Project. After it became clear that Assistance League needed help in formulating an effective program, they teamed up with members of the St Louis Community College Foundation. This non-profit Foundation selects students who are qualified and then guides them through the educational process. Assistance League funds the scholarships.
The joy & smiles...
The joy & smiles
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