Ellen Cooperperson was a 26-year-old single parent to a five-year-old boy. At age 14, Ellen’s son was diagnosed with “incurable cancer”. The surgeon’s words, “Prepare yourself, your son will die,” began to crumble her world as she KNEW that he would not. Fiercely determined, she found the one man who could save her son’s life, together they made medical history.
11 years later, Ellen’s son was diagnosed with HIV he contracted from the blood transfusions that had cured his cancer. At the time, AIDS was untreatable. The drugs he needed were “impossible” to get, but “impossible” was not in her vocabulary. By the grace of God and connecting with generous people, Ellen got to the chairman of Merck Sharp & Dohme, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Ellen made her case and received the drugs they needed in two weeks instead of two years.
The blood transfusions also gave her son hepatitis, and four years later he was diagnosed with fungal meningitis—two more death sentences. By then, Ellen new the drill, “There is no medication to cure him. You have to be realistic—prepare yourself. Nope, I don’t think so. God’s amazing grace. Connect with wonderful people. Get the right stuff. Get him cured. Move on with life!”
Although she was told she’d never have grandchildren, Ellen was blessed with two, both with non-verbal autism.
On a night celebrating her son’s life with people from around the world, Ellen and son tell how they managed to cheat death for four decades.
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“I bought this book after seeing it on LinkedIn and was hoping to find some inspiration and hope in order to make it through my 10 hour day at my corporate office cubicle. That is just what I found in Chapter 37. It opened my mind to the different possibilities and opportunities out there, you just have to find them. They will not find you!”
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– Tammy M. Thrasher
“Ellen is genius in understanding personal and organizational challenges and providing just enough guidance and hints to help you find your own epiphany. Inspirational on all counts! Always uplifting and far reaching! Can’t wait to finish!”
-Peter Curcio, Chief Operating Officer, Arrow Security
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“Kyle Wilson has done it again. He’s brought together a diverse group of people – a few are famous, most are not – who’ve faced a myriad of challenges and prevailed. Reading these stories will fuel your own desire and determination when you face obstacles and setbacks. A very special collection!”
-Meredith Bell, President, Grow Strong Leaders
“Love reading about how each story enduring some kind of hardship or obstacle and the Desire, Discipline, and Determination it took to overcome these hardships. A must read for anybody looking for success in either their personal life or career. Once you start reading, you cant put the book down. Just Amazing the heart and passion of these authors.”
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“Very inspirational and powerful real-life stories.”
“All I can say after putting down the book is
, so beautifully written. You are an amazing writer Ellen! I really love your writing form. It keeps you captivated and you feel for the struggles you and your son endured. And as a mom, I know your struggle was more than he will ever be able to truly appreciate… God bless you both. May your future be filled with much love, happiness and understanding.”
“Desire is the starting point of all success. But without determination and discipline, your goals will fall short. In the new book Desire, Discipline & Determination, Lessons From Bold Thought Leaders, my long-time friend Kyle Wilson and his fellow contributors created a powerful book that will inspire and encourage you to identify and achieve your dreams.”
–Brian Tracy, Author, Speaker, Consultant
“In Desire, Discipline & Determination, Lessons From Bold Thought Leaders, Kyle Wilson and his fellow contributors share strategies and ideas that have helped entrepreneurs create massive success. These stories will IGNITE your entrepreneurial spirit and help set your dreams ON FIRE.”
–John Lee Dumas, Podcaster, Author, Entrepreneur EOFire.com
“If I had a dollar for every new idea I had, I’d never have to work again! Ideas are cheap. Execution is what matters. My friend Kyle Wilson understands this and knows how to coach people to funnel their desires into discipline—which is what really matters. He has done it again, pulling together thought leaders who have successfully created huge results and sharing their insights in a valuable book.”
–Seth Mosley, 2x Grammy Winner, Billboard #1 Music Producer & Songwriter, Founder of Full Circle Music
“What separates good from great? Everyone has desires but not everyone has the discipline and determination to go after them. Kyle Wilson’s new book showcases the stories of his and fellow forward thinkers’ experiences to inspire you to live boldly and stay the course to turn your dreams into a dream lifestyle.
–Olenka Cullinan, Speaker, Author & Millennial Women Coach
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–Morgan Mason, Film Producer, Investor, Entrepreneur
“Hello Ellen, I just finished reading your story! I am blown away at what you have been through! It is truly inspirational and moving! You are a very strong woman! I will keep your family in my prayers!”
-John Malizia, President, A-1 Roofing
“Read your book and all I can say is WOW!! Unbelievable – the strength you and your son portrayed and continue to portray. It really, really blew my mind. “
-Maria Zichi, HR Specialist, A-1 Roofing
“Enjoyed the read. Good book!”
-Dr. Alan Sherr, Northport Wellness Center
“To say I was moved by it, is a large understatement. There’s no other word that comes to mind regarding you after reading that, other than courageous. I’m blessed and honored to be able to assist such a powerful, genuine and driven spirit such as yourself. I’ll continue to read the rest when I can, but I just wanted to let you know…. your chapter moved me and hit all the feels Bravo for the family overcoming! Nothing is impossible! “
-Tommy Panissidi, Manager, Flexible Systems