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Because You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Chase Your Dreams Paperback – August 9, 2011
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Because You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Chase Your Dreams doesn't simply tell the story of what it's like to suddenly find yourself in a wheelchair at a pivotal life moment, but also describes a journey of tremendous personal growth. Through his injury, Attila became stronger than ever both physically and emotionally. After rehabilitation, he became fitter than he had ever been before his injury, excelling at power lifting and wheelchair racing. The injury also opened his eyes to who his real friends were and allowed him to clear his life of toxic relationships. Today, Attila still composes and performs music and tirelessly supports spinal cord injury research. He raises money for organizations such as the Spinal Cord Society and the Challenged Athlete's Foundation. Attila won the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon's handcycling division and teamed up with the Mario Lemieux Foundation to help raise money for cancer research.
This book will take you on a rollercoaster journey of emotions. It exposes human nature at it's best and worst. I found myself near tears one minute and laughing hysterically the next. Attila never seems to miss an opportunity to laugh at himself, which is probably one of the reasons he has managed to persevere and find the success that he has. Many people would withdraw into a pitiful existence in the face of such tragedy, but not Attila. It is said "You can't keep a good man down", and Attila proves that to be true in this book. If this book doesn't leave you with an attitude of gratitude, nothing will.