Burn victim turned inspirational speaker to visit William Jewell

When he was 9 years old, John O’Leary was severely burned on 100 percent of his body and was not expected to survive. But he did.

By the time he turned 10, he had undergone countless surgeries, lost all of his fingers to amputation and would later complete numerous therapies. He’d go on to become a real estate developer and hospital chaplain before devoting himself to public speaking.

O’Leary will visit William Jewell College and present “Live Inspired,” his message of hope, vision, living boldly and navigating adversity through decision-making, at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Gano Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Leary has been speaking professionally since 2007 and has spoken in 47 states and 10 counties. O’Leary has spoken for such organizations as LEGO, the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis University, MetLife and more.

His online community has reached 75,000 people, and he has been a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and Parade.com. He has also been a national bestseller, notably for his book On Fire: 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

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