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Subject of the Movie Stronger, Boston Marathon Bombing Hero & Best-Selling Author
As the cover of Jeff Bauman’s New York Times bestseller, Stronger reads: “I saw the bomber. He took my legs, but he didn’t break me… He only made me STRONGER.” This inspiring Marathon survivor story, told in the major motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, has already captured the hearts of millions of readers. Now, the everyday hero who came to personify “Boston Strong” is leaving speaking audiences moved and uplifted by his firsthand account of triumph over tragedy and the power of the human spirit. Read More >
In the flash of the infamous bomb blast, Jeff Bauman went from being an ordinary 27-year-old guy cheering on his girlfriend at the finish line to a double amputee fighting for his life. The next day, victim turned to hero when he awoke from multiple surgeries. Groggy and unable to speak, Jeff asked for a pad and paper and wrote down: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.” With these seven words, Jeff Bauman set off one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history and earned accolades as a hero. Months of intensive rehabilitation followed. At each turn, Jeff faced his new circumstances with grace, humor, and an unwavering determination to walk again. Described by the filmmakers of Stronger as an “unlikely path toward a love story, and healing and recovery and acceptance of being deemed a hero when he didn’t believe in himself,” Jeff’s transformational journey is a story for our times.
A popular inspirational speaker, Jeff Bauman's optimistic, hopeful and highly motivational keynotes celebrate the remarkable human beings who triumphed over terror and the power within each of us to overcome any obstacle. It’s no wonder that Gyllenhaal called getting to know Bauman “the most inspiring thing I’ve experienced in my life so far.”
An Interview with Brian Williams
Jake Gyllenhaal on Playing APB Speaker Jeff Bauman
Discussing 'Stronger' and Life After the Bombing on Greater Boston
Jake Gyllenhaal Remarks on Jeff Bauman
It's About the Heros Around me
Up until the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff was an everyday guy, looking forward to moving in with his girlfriend and starting the next phase of their life together. Then, the bomb exploded and his future was forever changed. In this moving presentation, Jeff describes the chaos and terror at the finish line and the ongoing FBI investigation in which he was a key witness. He takes audiences through the high and low points of his arduous rehabilitation, learning to walk again as a double amputee. He also shares his own inner struggle reconciling the world's admiration with his own guilt and frustration. Throughout, he celebrates the courage of his fellow survivors, the valiant first responders and extraordinary healthcare professionals who set him on the path to recovery and independence. Spirited, courageous and emotionally compelling, Jeff Bauman's story belongs to us all. Proving that terrorists did not triumph, Jeff continues to show the entire world what “Boston Strong” really means.
"Jeff was great. The message of focusing on the positive when facing challenges definitely came through. The comments I received were that Jeff was very relatable and people were drawn to his story because he's an average guy like so many others and trying to make the most out of a really unfortunate experience."
"We had Jeff here last night and he was wonderful! The way he engaged the audience and related to the students was awesome! I was humbled by his approach to life's challenges. Thank you for everything you did to make this event a reality for our students, you could hear a pin drop during his talk. I hope we can work together in the future!"
"A big THANK YOU again for all your help with our annual Wellness Day yesterday! I hope Jeff knows how much we appreciate him presenting to our school, and recognizes the lasting impact that he has had on our school and community. It was a pleasure working with you both as well as with Jeff!"
"Jeff did a fantastic job and I heard nothing but rave reviews from our members. I was very impressed and pleased with his presentation."
"Everything went great! Jeff was awesome, very accommodating to all of our attendees, and a pleasure to work with."
"It went very well, and we’ve received a number of emails telling us how inspirational they found his talk. He’s a very nice man. Thanks so much for all your help."
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