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| January 2014 | Fairfield University News Channel

Oprah Spotlight Shines On Alum's Inspiring Story

Fairfield University Graduate John Tartaglio '09 made his third television appearance on Oprah Winfrey last Friday, sharing with a national audience his inspirational story of overcoming a seemingly insurmountable life challenge, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)’s “Where Are They Now?” program.

At the age of 17, John Tartaglio was diagnosed with an extremely rare bacterial infection that left him amputated up to his hipbones. Despite the gravest of circumstances, John triumphed over his disability. While at Fairfield University, he became the first person in history to run and complete a 5k and 10k road race without legs, and he later made history running the 26.2 mile New York City. He graduated cum laude from Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2009, majoring in biology.

John Tartaglio and fellow Fairfield University graduate Andrew Chapin ’09 have recently co-authored the book “From Tragedy To Triumph,” chronicling John’s uplifting story of a young adult who refused to quit as he tackled a seemingly insurmountable life challenge. John Tartaglio first appeared on the Oprah Winfrey program in the spring of 2005 and as a Fairfield University student in 2009.

For more on Tartaglio and his story go to www.johntartaglio.com

Last modified:  Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:09:00 EST

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