Author of Radical Survivor from Colorado Springs
"I'm sorry. There were no survivors." Nancy Saltzman tried to absorb the caller's words. Her entire family had perished in a small plane crash. The caller was wrong, though. There was a survivor—Nancy would have to go on living. She had beaten cancer twice, but how could even the most resilient spirit live through this ultimate loss?
Radical Survivor, Saltzman's memoir, chronicles her extraordinary saga. We share her struggle as she overcomes despair through a deep sense of purpose—learning that through time, friendship, and love, the heart can make room for both loved ones lost and happiness found. With the added richness and insights of letters Saltzman received, as well as her sons' journal entries, Radical Survivor traverses the full spectrum of human emotions, offering a compelling gift of hope. Saltzman tells her story to audiences nationwide. Using anecdotes (humorous and otherwise), letters, student essays, and excerpts from Radical Survivor, Saltzman entertains audiences of all ages. They listen, laugh, cry, laugh again, and are inspired to overcome the challenges in their own lives.
Nancy Saltzman holds a Ph.D. in education. She received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Award for her work in education, was recognized as Colorado's National Distinguished Principal, and was awarded the American Cancer Society's Sword of Hope. She is retired from a 32-year career in public education and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her fiancé Greg Roman and her dogs Nacho and Macy.