John Tartaglio’s ‘Triumph’ over ‘Tragedy’ in Newly Released Book

First amputee in history to run a marathon with no legs releases his book "From Tragedy To Triumph: The Story of John Tartaglio". On January 10, 2014 he will update viewers with his newest happenings on Oprah Winfrey's "Where Are They Now?" talk show.

Online PR News – 07-January-2014 – Milford, Conn. – 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). 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. A 2009 graduate of Fairfield University, Tartaglio will be an MBA graduate from the University of Connecticut in 2014.

His co-author Andrew Chapin, a middle school English teacher in New Rochelle, NY, got his break in 2010 when Tartaglio offered him the chance to develop what eventually became FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH. Chapin, who majored in English and graduated from Fairfield University in 2009, recently completed his MS in adolescent English education at Iona College.

Published on December 30, 2013, FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH is currently available in paperback on It will be available on Kindle on January 14 and Nook, Kobo, and other e-book formats shortly thereafter. For more information, visit or query the contact listed below.

John Tartaglio
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