Mr. John Tartaglio, your story is truly amazing on how you’ve overcome an illness that would have made most of us give up and quit. And not only did you not quit on life, but you went out and LIVED life more than most of us do! Your illness took your legs, but not your spirit. You went on to become a professional speaker. You’ve even spoken on TED TALKS! You are the only person in history to have run the New York Marathon without any legs, and you married the woman of your dreams! Please keep inspiring and sharing your greatness with the rest of us, John!



I started professionally motivational speaking after attending a speaker’s conference my freshman year of college. After learning how I could convey my message more effectively, I started to pursue it more seriously.









Thanks for your time John and keep up the good work! Our youth needs more people like you!


Daniel Blanchard

Author and Speaker of the Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series.