When I began writing my autobiography nearly 2 1/2 years ago, it was hard to imagine that the day when I would actually see it in print for the first time. That happened today at my inaugural book signing party, and as you can see in one of the slides below, it was an extremely happy moment for me. Unfortunately, the copy of my book that I received today was the only one in the building! Thanks to Mother Nature, 500 copies of Worth the Ride: My Journey with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy were left without a ride due to a powerful snowstorm that closed the airport in Louisville, Kentucky, home to UPS's distribution hub.
But the show must go on, as they say, so we celebrated anyway. We had food -- highlighted by a delicious cake in the design of the cover of my book -- and drinks. A few nice speeches were delivered and I even read excerpts from my book. The event was well-attended, with an estimated 300 guests. The best news of the day was the 230 book orders! That was in addition to about 130 online orders, so we are well on the way to selling out the first print run.
So despite our little weather mishap, I was pretty happy by day's end. Sure, it's quite an accomplishment for me personally, but even greater is the potential that this book has to help countless other families dealing with Duchenne's and to create public awareness of the disease.