Author Dan Caro to give motivational speech at library today |

Author Dan Caro to give motivational speech at library today

Talk focuses on beating adversity

Margaret Hair
Drummer Dan Caro released his memoir, "The Gift of Fire," on March 1. The New Orleans native and Steamboat Springs resident gives a talk at 5:30 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

— Dan Caro has some experience with adversity.

Since an accidental fire gave him severe burns and took away the use of his hands at age 2, the New Orleans native and recently transplanted Steamboat Springs resident has risen to his challenges, breaking through them to become an accomplished drummer.

Caro's memoir chronicling that struggle, "The Gift of Fire: How I Made Adversity Work for Me," came out March 1.

"Basically I share my experience growing up with adversity and enduring and persevering through that and realizing over a period of time that my accident was a gift, actually the greatest thing that's ever happened to me," Caro said. "In essence, I've taken adversity and turned it into sort of an advantage or a launch pad."

He hopes that sharing his story will inspire people to approach their own challenges the same way, he said. Caro will give a talk about overcoming adversity from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. today in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Admission is $10; proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Event organizer Karen Connell brings speakers from across the community each week to talk to clients of her 16-week wellness program, Wellness Wisdom Weight Loss. Normally, the events are not open to the public. But after hearing Caro speak during an event in December, Connell decided to try to bring him in and to make the event open to anyone.

"When I heard him speak, I was so moved about how there are no excuses," Connell said, citing Caro's story about his years-long struggle to gain enough dexterity to tie his shoes as a motivating example. She said she thought that kind of story could put her clients' issues in perspective and offer something to the rest of the community.

Caro said he hopes people take away a renewed sense of commitment and a feeling of control from his book and his talks. Refusing to accept excuses, Caro has made the most of his life, he said.

"It's been a good ride so far. Obviously, everybody deals with some personal issues and struggles, and I've had my share of that, but all in all I would say this has been a pretty abundant life, and I've had no reason to get down. … Most of my life has been awesome — I mean phenomenally awesome — so I try to share that in the book," he said.

If you go

What: Dan Caro motivational speech

When: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. today

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Cost: $10; proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children

Call: Karen at 846-1751 for more information