"It's not always true that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but it can sometimes be true, and in Sandy's case it has been."
— MARGARET ATWOOD, AUTHOR OF
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
"Often his memories brought smiles; other times they left me near to tears.
I was captivated by [Sandy's] bright mind, ready wit, and indomitable spirit."
– SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG
"Sandy plays the hand he got and tries to make the world a better place.
He is a role model for all of us."
– MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, FORMER MAYOR OF NYC
"A must-read guide to beating the odds and making your impact on the world."
– VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE
“This book renews life in all of us.”
– RICHARD AXEL, 2004 NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSIOLOGY
“Required reading for any young person with a dream of helping their community.”
– SENATOR RON WYDEN
“Sandy is my gold standard of decency.”
– ART GARFUNKEL, SINGER, POET
"An inspirational story of resilience, determination, achievement and,
mostly, of the power of friendship and love."
– SUSAN GOLDBERG, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Summer 1960: Sandy Greenberg is home from college, working at his father’s junkyard and pitching in a summer-league baseball game, when his life begins to change forever. Suddenly, a heavy mist seems to rise off the ground. Shapes waver. When Sandy’s next pitch sails behind the batter’s head, he stumbles off the mound and collapses on the field. Thus begins his six-month descent into total blindness — and a still continuing journey defined by friendship, love, unstoppable determination, and amazing accomplishments.
The moral of Sandy Greenberg’s life is simple: Never give up … and always care about something far bigger than yourself.