Pure Grit | Gillette Children’s Healthcare Press

Pure Grit

Stories of remarkable people living with physical disability.

Preorder available June 29, 2021.



  • Lily Collison
  • Kara Buckley


Nineteen people from across the globe, ranging in age from twenty to seventy-plus, tell their stories of living and thriving in diverse fields – from sport to the arts to medicine, business and more. With refreshing frankness, they share their successes along with their struggles.

Perseverance is the one characteristic they all share – pure grit is what each of them exemplifies. These are not stories of people overcoming disability – they’re stories of people accommodating disability while pursuing their dreams.

Pure Grit shines a light on remarkable people living with physical disability – on boundless possibility whatever our individual challenge.


Lily Collison is parent of three adult sons, the youngest of whom has spastic diplegia (a form of cerebral palsy). She previously worked in education and industry and is author of Spastic Diplegia—Bilateral Cerebral Palsy, published in 2020 by Gillette Children’s Healthcare Press. She lives in Ireland with her husband.

Kara Buckley is Senior Advisor to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. She previously held the position of Global Director at Visa, leading partnerships with Olympians and Paralympians. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.


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Pre-order available June 29, 2021