Come join us at Paper Fiesta as we host the book launch “The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953” by Mary McManus. Her story is an incredible, filled with so much strength, love and spirit.
We will have refreshments, Q and A, and book signings!
Here is a little bit about Mary:
Mary McManus was once known as “Easy Out Alper in gym class. She contracted paralytic polio at the age of 5 but managed to run the 2009 Boston Marathon at the age of 55. When Mary was diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease in December 2006, she decided she was not going to take the diagnosis sitting down. In May 2007, Mary took a leap of faith leaving behind her award winning career as a Social Worker at the VA to heal her life. She got still and asked for Divine Guidance.
In the dark night of her mind, body and soul, a light shined through the power of her pen, her divining rod for healing. The answer came in the form of a poem, “Running the Race” followed by many poems in which she imagined herself healthy, whole and free from the shackles of her past. Through the power of visualization, lifestyle changes and with fiery determination, Mary healed mind, body and soul. Mary’s quest to heal her life led her to the sport of running that tested her mettle while fueling her journey of transformation from a survivor of childhood paralytic polio and severe trauma at the hands of family members to a woman who embodies faith, grace under fire, courage, determination, endurance and resilience.
"Running the Race" foreshadowed her Boston Marathon run despite all appearances to the contrary. As Mary sat in a leg brace, using a cane and a wheelchair for mobility, and having been told to prepare to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, Mary imagined herself winning a 10K race. Out of the rubble of her past, Mary dug deep to discover the treasure of who she was always meant to be. Her Spirit shines with brilliant resilience as she conquered every challenge going the distance on the roads and in her life.
Mary holds a BS in Communications from Boston University, an MSW from Boston College and many fond memories of her veterans and their families who blessed her life when she worked at the VA. She lives in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts with her husband, Tom, and their lovely cat Jamie.