Mining for Gold

After experiencing a disfiguring / near death experience as a 9 year old child, John shares how he discovered the gold within us all. 

The allegory that he shares exemplifies how the human spirit can overcome huge odds to become whole and healthy. Inspirational story about resilience and journey from a traumatic moment as a child.

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given one percent chance to live.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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    published this page in Catalyst 2017-04-10 14:45:39 -0500

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