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Now one of the longest living organ transplant recipients in the world and most notable professional athletes of his time, Keith travels cross-country captivating audiences with his "moments of truth" speeches and daring people to live.
In 2011, he founded The Simon Keith Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and educating transplant recipients. Keith uses proceeds from his speaking engagements to provide athletic training for other transplant recipients who choose to return to an active and healthy lifestyle.
In addition to Keith's philanthropic efforts, and professional soccer career, he is a successful entrepreneur in Las Vegas, Nevada. More at www.thesimonkeithfoundation.com.
Top Customer Reviews
A seventeen year old soccer player died on the field, donating a heart that saved the life of 21 year old Keith, himself a world class soccer player before heart disease had taken him out of the game. With determination and an athletic passion for self-discipline, he fought back to his "normal" playing condition, convincing the coach and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) administration to allow him to play for two seasons in this rough and tumble sport. One can only imagine what it took for them to take on that obvious risk given his heart transplant background, but he convinced them through hard work and perseverance. Based on that performance, just three years out from surgery, Keith is the #1 draft pick in the Major Indoor Soccer League, adjusting his game to a sport very different from his outdoor playing experiences.
He finds himself challenged by the notoriety of being in the professional sports limelight focusing on his heart transplant story, not his outstanding athletic skills.Read more ›
Simon is one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the world and the first person to ever come back from a heart transplant to play professional sports, a man who went on to live a full and complete life.
The writer's skillfully capture Simon's "guts and determination" as they describe his perseverance to overcome obstacles, his ability to dream dreams, and to take on personal challenges. He is portrayed as one willing to do whatever it takes to succeed with a "laser focus" on his goals.
In 1986 young Simon Keith was on his way to play in the World Cup in Mexico when he was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease with only a few weeks to live. Simon never gave up his dream but persevered. This is the story of the gift of a heart donation, a second chance at life for Simon, and the lessons he learned throughout his battle to survive.
Simon received the heart of a seventeen year old donor. Twenty-five years later Simon sought out the family of this young donor, the Fields family. He wanted to learn more about their son James and to thank them for their gift. He reflects on this meeting as they gathered at the gravesite of James Fields. This meeting is poignant.
"Heart for the Game" is an important book for the victim of any cardiac condition, their caregivers, and families, soccer players, fans, motivational speakers, and life coaches. Simon Keith's is a story of inspiration, encouragement, and, motivation.
A review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
In case you didn't read the description, Simon received a heart transplant at a young age in the middle of his soccer career. The young boy who's heart Simon received, was as some would say a " God send" as he too was a soccer player who collapsed during a game. Simon tellls of his journey through life, living with another person's heart ( and most ironically, a soccer players). Simon is now one of just several people to live longer than expected, following a heart transplant.
I am Simon's trainer, I've gotten to know him over the years, and can honestly say that his story has touched me. I've never met anyone with as much strength (both physically and mentally) to do what many would consider the impossible. To play professional soccer after a transplant, to recover so quickly from one, and to still be in better physical condition that many of my clients. He has undoubtably beat the odds.
Read the book!!!
I am beyond proud to say I know this man and I hope you find the book an insightful, inspirational, and sometimes emotional read. I know I did!
P.S. Happy 47th Bday
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I work in the donation field and thought I would give this book a try since Amazon recommended it to me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by 419_Girl
This is a fantastic story of an amazing man. Some of the soccer stuff was tedious to get through if you are not a soccer fan but Simon Keith's story is so engaging, that you can... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Sue H.
What an amazing story!
Just when I think I have obstacles that are too tough to overcome, I read Simon Keith's story. Read more
I read the book over a weekend and it is perfect for my daughter who received a heart transplant when she was one year old and is now (12 years later) an avid soccer player. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by DeeDee
Didn't live up to its description. Didn't realize it was total autobiography and wouldn't buy it again. Not a good read.Published on September 6, 2012 by Golfer
You cant call this sports book one of many cliches since Simon's story is certainly unique. He handles his situation with as much grace and dignity as possible despite setbacks,... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by LSmith
I highly recommend this book. An easy read and one of the most fascinating and truly unbelievable stories you will ever read. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Mike Whitler
While soccer was Simon's passion, it is his passion for life that enabled him to overcome the amazing obstacles he has faced. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Trish Taylor