Pathfinder Services, Inc. and Huntington City-Township Public Library will welcome accomplished musician and inspirational speaker Dan Caro for an author visit and book signing at 11 am on Saturday, October 22nd at the Main Library in Huntington.
Dan Caro was born in Metairie, Louisiana. At the age of two, he was engulfed in a fireball during a gasoline explosion in the family garage, and was left with third degree burns to over seventy percent of his body – so severe that doctors held out little hope that he’d survive for more than a few days. After being rescued by local firefighters, he was rushed to New Orleans Charity Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Dan was in such excruciating pain that his devastated parents silently prayed for God to end their son’s suffering. At first, it seemed that God was willing to oblige – Dan technically died on the operating table several times in the hours following the accident.
While in ICU, a Shriner from the Jerusalem Temple in New Orleans, La. contacted Dan’s parents and told them about the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Immediately, Dan was transported by medivac to the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston, Ma. where he would undergo many reconstructive surgeries and other treatments throughout his childhood. Ultimately, as a result of the burn injuries, Dan lost his right hand, most of his left hand and is severely scarred.
In the mid-1980s, reconstructive surgery that would give Dan the use of a moveable thumb was performed on his left hand. Since then, Dan has been living life to the fullest in the face of his adversity. His relentless attitude and resiliency would consistently prove that nothing is impossible; including his lifelong dream of becoming a musician. Dan, at the age of twelve, began drumming in spite of his loss of fingers. He plays by using the left thumb to grip one drum stick, with the other drum stick attached to his right wrist by a wrist band and rubber bands. With this simple device and an undying passion for music, Dan has become a very respected drummer in the New Orleans area. His unique personal style and musicianship has landed him countless gigs with some of the world’s greatest performers such as Ashish Khan, Michael Ray, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Karl Denson, Marshall Allen and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
In addition to music, Dan is an Ambassador for the Shriners of North America. He is a professional speaker who shares stories of fulfillment and achievement, bravery and courage.
Caro recently published his life story in the book, The Gift of Fire: How I Made Adversity Work for Me. Copies of The Gift of Fire will be available to purchase for $20 at the event, and the author will be happy to sign purchased copies. Books may be purchased with cash or checks only – no credit cards can be accepted at the event. However, credit card purchases can be made directly from the publisher at www.hayhouse.com<http://www.hayhouse.com/>, or through most online book retailers.
For more information on the book signing, please call the Huntington City-Township Public Library at (260) 356-0824. The main branch of the library is located at 255 West Park Drive in Huntington. Pathfinder Services Inc. is a not-for-profit human services organization with offices in Huntington, Wabash and Plymouth, and has been serving people with and without disabilities in Huntington since 1966. For more information on Pathfinder Services please visit www.pathfinderservices.org.