The most inspirational athlete I've ever known was a talented, challenged and determined young USA swimmer. And she was my daughter.
Before she died of brain cancer, she was an American record holder, an honored guest at the White House and commanded a standing ovation at the Water Cube in Beijing. Before she was paralyzed, lost her speech, and before she survived four brain surgeries, she was already an inspiration.
Marin Morrison lived more in her brief 18 years than most people could in a century. Her courageous struggle through tragedy, determination and triumph has been profiled by award-winning journalists in NBC's coverage of the 2008 Paralympic Games, in the pages of Sports Illustrated, and in an amazing documentary film.
But the heart of this story lies much deeper within our extraordinary journey. It's about how an uncommonly sweet, simple and unassuming girl was the toughest person you'll ever know. How her perseverance touched millions around the world and inspired everyday heroes that touched us in return.
No one can tell this story the way I can. I'm a professional sports journalist myself and I didn't just chronicle Marin's story - I lived it with her. I'm her Dad.
From the moment of her arrival just in time for Father's Day in 1990 to her very last heartbeat, I traveled this journey with Marin. She's forever in my soul. I'm most proud of how her life impacted so many others along the way. During a 25-year career in sports broadcasting that has taken me and my family from small local TV markets to network anchoring jobs, I've never come across a human interest story with more depth, more emotion, or that's more compelling than Marin's. I suspect most of my colleagues in the news business would agree.
After surviving an indescribable period of grief, I am close to completing the most important work I'll ever do as a journalist. Set in the world of competitive swimming, Touch - The Marin Morrison Story goes far beyond the sports world - there are lessons about life, love and inspiration that shine a light on the very best in humanity. This book is a tribute to my daughter, our family, and the many, many people that touched our lives along the way.
I'm also certain every reader will want to watch the companion documentary I'm including as a reward for pledges of $50 dollars or more (the trailer of the film is part of my Kickstarter video). My sole purpose of this project is to make sure Marin's spirit continues to touch as many people as we can reach, with a residual of good will that benefits everyone.
How Can You Help?
We can all use a little help from time to time but it's often difficult to admit that. One of the great lessons I learned is how important it is to allow people to help. To let them in to and share your struggles. Helping others is a basic tenet of all our lives; it simply makes people feel good.
It's in that spirit, and the spirit of independent publishing, that I'm offering you a chance to participate in the production of this book through Kickstarter.
Making a commitment to have a copy of this book will help me with the considerable costs required to produce, edit, publish, market and distribute this project, including securing rights to proprietary images owned by networks and the International Olympic Commitee.
I'm confident that anyone who reads this book will be inspired by Marin's spirit and encouraged by the best in our fellow human beings, reflected in the strength and compassion of the everyday people Marin brought together in an extraordinary journey of courage, inspiration, determination, and triumph.
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter offers you a chance to help fund a portion of my costs in return for rewards - my book, the documentary (more listed on the right) and knowing you helped make this happen. If the funds aren't raised, you won't be charged anything. If the funds ARE raised, I am legally bound to deliver everything I've promised. It's a 21st century way of funding creative endeavors.
Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page and any further support you choose to offer. Please consider backing this project if you can and please pass on my link to everyone you'd like to inspire today!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The manuscript for "Touch - The Marin Morrison Story" is nearly finished and I expect to begin editing in September. My specific challenges in delivering the finished book will be the considerable time, effort and costs of professional editing, design, publishing, printing, marketing, licensing proprietary images and of course delivery. I've chosen to self-publish the book and I understand obstacles can arise, such as unexpected costs of materials, and legal issue. I've set my funding goal at a level that will allow me to at least get this book in to print and deliver on all the rewards I'm offering, including the terrific companion documentary. I'm inspired to complete this project quicker than my projected delivery date of next spring and I hope you're inspired to back this project.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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No helping hand in this project is too small. Any contribution will help spread the spirit of courage and inspiration that Marin's life is all about, and will always have my sincere gratitude.Estimated delivery:
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Along with my sincere gratitude and the knowledge you've made a heart-felt contribution to this project, you'll receive a personal THANK YOU! on MARIN'S FACEBOOK PAGE.Estimated delivery:
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A pledge of $20 or more allows you to read "Touch - The Marin Morrison Story" in the form of an E-BOOK. This level also includes all the above rewards and residuals that should make you feel good about backing this project.Estimated delivery:
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A pledge of $30 or more receives a BOUND, PERSONAL COPY of "TOUCH - THE MARIN MORRISON STORY", with real pages and everything! Backers get to read the book, and I'll have the satisfaction of knowing Marin's story will be told world-wide, which is goal of the entire project. This reward also includes all the personal satisfaction that contributing to this project offers.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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Funding help of $50 dollars or more includes a personal copy of the book PLUS a copy of the COMPANION DOCUMENTARY "Touch the Wall: The Story of Marin Morrison". The trailer for this film appears in my Kickstarter video. (Disclaimer: This is NOT the same swimming documentary "Touch The Wall" currently still in post-production and already successfully funded on Kickstarter. Our documentary was produced and titled in 2011 and already shown on TV in the Seattle area before the other film was in production. We support both projects and hope backers will too.)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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Want to WEAR your support in addition to reading the book and watching the documentary? Funding help of $75 dollars or more includes all of the above rewards and a quality MARIN MORRISON T-SHIRT (sized for men & women in a choice of colors) to wear your support around town, at the gym, or better yet at the pool!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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With my sincere appreciation, backers funding $100 or more receive A SIGNED personal copy of the book, a second GIFT COPY, plus the documentary (or E-book), a Marin Morrison T-shirt to wear and of course, all the wonderful, warm satisfaction of making a VERY GENEROUS contribution to this project.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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In my sincerest appreciation to backers at the $250 GOLD MEDAL LEVEL, I will INCLUDE YOUR NAME in a special GOLD MEDAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS section of the book, with your permission, of course. This reward level includes TWO COPIES of the BOOK (signed), TWO COPIES of the companion documentary (or E-books), and 2 T-shirts, along with shipping anywhere in the world. I'm honored to include the acknowledgement as a lasting tribute to Marin's memory.Estimated delivery:
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The philanthropic, incredibly generous backers at the PLATINUM LEVEL receive all of the above rewards, plus the PLATINUM LEVEL DISTINCTION in the acknowledgements, with your permission. PLUS a SPECIAL DVD of never released home video of Marin in competiton narrated by her favorite sportscaster.Estimated delivery:
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The philanthropic, incredibly generous backers at the DIAMOND LEVEL receives all of the above, plus the DIAMOND LEVEL DISTINCTION in the acknowledgements, with your permission. IN ADDITION, I'm including a special personal SKYPE CONVERSATION for a group or individual to discuss any aspect of this book and answer any questions you may have about Marin's experience.Estimated delivery:
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Any amazingly generous backer at the $5,000 level is an incredible inspiration. Receive all the above rewards, including my special THANK YOU in the acknowledgements **PLUS** a PERSONAL APPEARANCE by me for a reading, speech, and book signing, at the school, business or club of your choice anywhere in the Continental US (I'll throw in Hawaii & the Cayman Islands too!)Estimated delivery:
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