“This tour is all about inspiring our nation’s future leaders to pursue the careers and lives they desire,” explained John. “It’s tough entering the real world and knowing about all of the obstacles you’ll encounter, but I want to make sure these students know that it’s possible to achieve everything they want with hard work and a positive attitude.”
A mere five years after being diagnosed with an extremely rare bacterial infection, having his bicep and both legs amputated, and hearing he had a 20 percent chance to live and would never walk again, John beat the odds. On November 1, 2009, after 15 hours and 26.2 miles, he became the first person in history without legs to complete the NYC Marathon.
Through his inspiring story, John, who has also gained national notoriety for competing in triathlons such as the Amica Half Ironman and numerous 5 and 10K road races, has generated considerable interest among the general public; these days he speaks to audiences about overcoming adversity, building a positive attitude, leadership, and teamwork, challenging his audiences to attain goals, raise personal standards, and expect more out of themselves. In Johns world, “there are no limits”—and he’s living proof.
About the No Limit Tour
Commencing January 2013 and running through spring semester, appearances will be open to university students nationwide. The tour was developed to inspire matriculating and graduating students as they prepare for their futures against an economic backdrop that often feels hostile and unsure. To learn more or to book John during the No Limit Speaking Series, email Melanie Deck at firstname.lastname@example.org.