Quotes & Comments

“Just days after the tragic events at the Boston Marathon and moments before the lockdown of the city, Jothy began his drive up to Canada to speak to us at The Healthy Living Expo in Belleville, Ontario. As a cancer survivor, amputee and extreme athlete, Jothy’s message of determination and courage was deeply inspiring. But add to this the knowledge of all of those newly injured in the horrific events of the marathon, and his underlying message of hope, support and the importance of acceptance and strength in the face of adversity became even more poignant. Rosenberg is an ambassador of hope and courage. He teaches us that only we can determine our abilities and our worth. Jothy is a living reminder that where there is a will, there is a way. Thank you Jothy for making the journey and for sharing so much of yourself with us.”

— Amy Doyle, founder The Healthy Living Expo, Ontario, Canada

“I want to express my sincerest thanks for giving such an inspiring lecture on April 11. As reflected by the large turnout and wonderful feedback I have received, it was very well received within the Boston University and Sargent College communities. Meredith Drench, the SAR alumna for whom the lecture series is named, was unable to attend but I know she would have enjoyed your talk.”

— Gail Waters PhD, Dean, BU Sargent College of Rehabilitation Sciences

“Jothy Rosenberg is not a celebrity but an Everyman, which gives his wrenching story of astonishing grit its inspirational power. After being told when he was 19 that he had no chance of surviving the cancer that had already cost him one leg and one lung, Jothy made a decision. He would ski until he died. Instead he became one of the first beneficiaries of then-primitive chemotherapy, a champion one-legged, one-lunged skier, swimmer and cyclist, and an early model of how to triumph over cancer and disability. For anyone trying to turn a cancer diagnosis, major disability, or even a major life challenge into a character-building experience, this well-written book is indispensable.”

— Jonathan Alter, author, TV commentator, cancer survivor

“The PMC coined the term Living Proof some 15 years ago. Nobody epitomizes that phrase, or our mission, better than Jothy Rosenberg. The challenges he has faced in his life have been hurdles, not walls, to leading a fulfilling life. In a world overflowing with hype and artifice, Jothy’s journey and triumph is real and inspirational. He is a true role model.”

— Billy Starr, Founder/Executive Director, Pan-Mass Challenge

“Jothy’s life experience really resonated with the clients of both our Cancer House of Hope and Disability Resources. He helped bring the stories of both of these vital community programs together during an important fundraising and awareness building event. His personal stories were captivating and moving to us all regardless of our positions in life. Our young Disability Resources members were particularly inspired by this guy who faced seemingly insurmountable barriers, but never let anything get in his way. The entire room was riveted during his presentation.”

— Jim Goodwin, President/CEO, Center for Human Development

“Thank you again Jothy for your inspirational talk. Clearly you demonstrate the qualities that the maligned Italian Machiavelli stated about entrepreneurs ‘who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage'”

— Guy Lochiatto, Business Professor, Mass Bay Community College

“Jothy enthralled our entire student body and faculty with his authentic, challenging, personal story of persevering and triumphing through adversity. At times funny and serious, always respectful and real, Jothy has a way of connecting with his audience in a way that left none untouched. He was certainly a highlight of our One School One Book event!”

— Joel Stembridge, Principal Newton South High School

“On behalf of our graduates and the entire Threshold community, I would like to express my gratitude for your wonderful commencement address. Your message sent a resounding confirmation to our students, who like yourself, have rebounded and reached milestones in their lives that most people said would never happen. They are all survivors of much adversity and face huge personal challenges every day of their lives. Your positive and hopeful words and deeds serve as a reminder to us all, and especially to the graduates, of what can be achieved in life with a positive attitude and perseverance.”

— Jim Wilbur, director, Lesley’s Threshold Program

“Stronger in Mind, Body and Spirit was the theme of our 2012 Cancer Survivor Celebration. As the keynote speaker, Jothy Rosenberg demonstrated that he truly personifies that theme. His powerful story resonated with the audience and provided us all with hope and inspiration. His approach to life is a testament to the notion that the human spirit can allow us to overcome any challenge.”

— Eric Wojcik, Director of Oncology, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton

“It’s rare to come across an individual who can talk in this way, engaging both medical people and members of the general public. Jothy has the insight to describe his experiences well yet also bring in a clear perspective of how it feels to undergo these procedures. His positive approach is an inspiration that makes it hard for the audience to leave the room when the talk has ended”

— Jonathan Blay, scientific director, BHCRI

“There are so many great take-a-ways from Jothy’s moving and motivating life story, the drive and determination that are exhibited in his everyday life is truly moving, the more familiar you become with his journey, it’s impossible to not become introspective and challenge yourself to achieve anything you set your mind to.”

— Rich Cannan, chief operating officer, First American Title Insurance


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