Yale alum writes memoir after devastating health news

(WTNH)- Yale and Havard alum Michael P Danziger discusses his memoir, Small Puddles: The Triumphant Story of Yale’s Worst Oarsman. Ever. The book is about overcoming the odds with a quit-adverse attitude and how failure has played a crucial role in his helping others find success. Two years ago he was diagnosed with advanced renal failure. As word got around about his condition, he was moved by the messages of support he received from his fellow oarsmen. He currently is waiting to receive a new kidney. In the meantime, he goes back to lessons he learned as Yale’s Worst Oarsman. Ever. Never quit. Work hard every day to be your best. That’s what he continues to do.

Danziger will be giving a talk and a book signing Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book are going to the education nonprofit, The Steppingstone Foundation, which he founded. To date the Foundation has helped nearly 3,000 students prepare for and enter college. The Foundation develops and implements programs to prepare under served students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels with effective preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.

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