Who I Am: American Scar Stories by Jenny Cutler Lopez
Book Signing Event
Please join Jenny Cutler Lopez and BethAnn Telford for a book signing for "Who I am: American Scar Stories" featuring BethAnn Telford, Skylar Helms, Amy Ciliberto Barrett, Philip Nuar, Omar Sedky, Jose Rios, photographer Tim Acuna and author and creator Jenny Cutler Lopez.
Come for the book signing and stay for the band Muzzy and Sunshine, drinks and food. 10% of all book sales go to brain tumor research via BethAnn's organization TeamBT. Fore more information on Jenny Cutler Lopez and her amazing book, please see the facebook event page.
Who I Am: American Scar Stories is the first book to unite riveting portraits and inspirational short stories of lives interrupted by physically scarring life changing events. Inside the book, you will discover the turning point for Kona Triathlete BethAnn Telford, childhood cancer survivor Courtney Ott, attempted murder victim José Rios, rising Miss America pageant queen Krystian Leonard, fashion designer Amy Tippins, and seven more men, women, and children. Stories of illness, bullying, organ donation, self-harm, near death experiences, recovery and victory underline how to find silver linings in life's obstacles. Who I Am: American Scar Stories illuminates the tenacity and passion of the human spirit and how it is never too late to reinvent yourself.
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In the winter of 2005, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was scared and thought my life would never be the same again. I had my first surgery in the spring of that year and was determined to not let my illness limit what I could do in the future. I would fight to regain my abilities and to push my boundaries, if only to say I am still here and fighting. Having run several marathons before my diagnosis, I slowly learned to walk and run again and was able to complete the Marine Corp Marathon six months later in the fall. Over the last three years, I had the wonderful opportunity to run the Boston Marathon and was able to re-qualify (and set a PR) for Boston in my Father's hometown of Scranton, PA at the Steamtown Marathon this fall and have registered for the Boston Marathon in 2012. Though qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon has been extremely difficult and trying, the sense of accomplishment and expanding my boundaries was helped by the confidence I gained when I finished my first Eagleman 70.3 triathlon and the Lake Placid Ironman.
In 2012, I realized a life-long dream by winning an opportunity to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was an amazing experience that I was able to share with my family and friends as I crossed the finish line with a flag of "hope" with the names of the many children I have met afflicted with brain cancer written across the front. To read more about my experience on the "Ironman World Championship" tab.