Pure Grit | Gillette Children’s Healthcare Press

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Pure Grit: Stories of Remarkable People Living with Physical Disability

As seen on the TODAY Show


  • Lily Collison
  • Kara Buckley

About the Book

Nineteen people from across the globe, ranging in age from twenty to seventy-plus, tell their stories of living and thriving in diverse fields – in sport, the arts, medicine, business and more. With refreshing frankness, they share their successes along with their struggles – grit is the one characteristic they all have in common. 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 boundless possibility whatever the individual challenge.


"Pure Grit introduces us to individuals who have helped to redefine what is possible. Their stories are educational, inspirational, and aspirational. This book reminds us that what makes us different is a strength — not a liability. I highly recommend it."

"Pure Grit is an authentic and raw look into the life of disability. Collison and Buckley shine a light on the array of misconceptions that people  with physical disabilities are forced to endure, while also showcasing a  world of unlimited possibility by normalizing disability in a way that is  rarely done. The book is a must-read."

"Pure Grit is about being determined, but also about being believed in, taking opportunities, having and using support networks, and most importantly, driving social change. Being visible and successful opens a world of possibilities for those who are, and for those who are not, disabled."

"Pure Grit will encourage our son to own his disability and be all that he is meant to be. A book that also encourages us, as parents, to be bold and brave in how we raise our children. I loved it and can see an immediate difference in how I see and respond to life’s challenges."

"The stories in Pure Grit are a testament to human achievement no matter your ability. Sports have always been a reflection of our world, and it speaks volumes that so many of these incredible stories are from Paralympians and athletes around the world. An extraordinary read."


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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