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In March,'86 Simon Keith was given 6 weeks to live. Today he is the worlds first heart transplanted professional soccer player.
In March,'86 Simon Keith was given 6 weeks to live. Today he is the worlds first heart transplanted professional soccer player.
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How do you say Thank You to someone who gave you everything?  

Simon's incredible journey is documented in this book.  From being on the verge of superstardom as one of North Americas best young soccer players, Simon was originally turned down for a heart transplant in his native Canada.  Read about the dramatic life saving operation in England and how Simon climbed back up to the top of the mountain once again by becoming one of North Americas best soccer players even while playing with someone else's heart inside his chest.  This riveting book will capture your own heart as Simon, 25 years after receiving the gift of life, makes the pilgrimage with his family to seek out the donor family of the young man who tragically lost his life at 17 years old. The coincidences and truly miraculous events that Simon discovers on this trip will shake even the toughest humans right down to their core.

A true, almost unbelievable, story of human achievement, hope, luck, family and love.  A tale of a father and a son and a father and son....and how one heart brought them all together...

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book is currently being written by a nationally recognized published sports biographer (name to be released at a later date).  The still unnamed SIMON KEITH STORY should be completed and ready for publishing in early spring of 2012.  

OUR GOAL FOR THE BOOK

Simply put, we want to get the story out to as many people as possible.  It is a story of hope, and love, and family all centered around the game of soccer/football.  We plan to promote the book through the publishing house and Simon will engage in speaking events and book signings as a way to inspire people.  

ABOUT KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.  Every month tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields.  Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before time expires.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DONT REACH OUR GOAL

If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything.  Donors pledge amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed.  We want to avoid this so please spread the word.  Everything helps!  When we meet our goal we will finish the book and fulfill all the rewards/orders that we have committed to.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This book is only going to be possible with the help of you!  We want this to be your project!  The more people participate the more chance we have of having a successful project.  To help us please Twitter it, "Like" us on Facebook, and email the Kickstarter link to your contacts.  

WHO IS SIMON KEITH

WIKIPEDIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Keith

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1069180/index.htm

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570653054

All money raised for this project will be used to pay for the author and the expenses associated with the publishing on the book.  Thanks!!

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    A huge thank you to help get Simon’s story out. Simon and the team will send you a video message expressing his gratitude. Thanks for getting the ball rolling!

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    A copy of “The Simon Keith Story” and a video message from Simon. Be the first to get the book!

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    CHRISTMAS PACKAGE 1

    PLEDGE $36 OR MORE and Get a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the HOLIDAY SEASON. Make sure you put YOUR EMAIL in for the reward!
    A copy of “The Simon Keith Story” and a video message from Simon. Be the first to get the book!

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    An AUTOGRAPHED copy of “The Simon Keith Story” and a video message thank you from Simon. Is Simon’s autograph worth the extra $20 bucks? We let you be the judge!!

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    CHRISTMAS PACKAGE 2 PLEDGE $56 OR MORE and Get a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the HOLIDAY SEASON. Make sure you put YOUR EMAIL in for the reward! An AUTOGRAPHED copy of “The Simon Keith Story” and a video message thank you from Simon. Is Simon’s autograph worth the extra $20 bucks? We let you be the judge!!

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    A copy of “The Simon Keith Story” with a PERSONALIZED message by Simon. Simon will also send you a video message thanking you for your contribution! Included in this package is a limited edition Simon Keith tee shirt.

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    CHRISTMAS PACKAGE 3 PLEDGE $101 OR MORE and Get a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the HOLIDAY SEASON. Make sure you put YOUR EMAIL in for the reward! A copy of “The Simon Keith Story” with a PERSONALIZED message by Simon. Simon will also send you a video message thanking you for your contribution! Included in this package is a limited edition Simon Keith tee shirt.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    A special thank you IN THE BOOK…that’s right…Simon will acknowledge your generous support in the book . He will also send you an autographed copy with a personalized message thanking you for your generous contribution, as well as a video message, and a limited edition tee shirt!! Thanks for stepping up!

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    You are a STUD. You get lots of “stuff”. An acknowledgement in the book. A signed copy of “The Simon Keith Story” with a personalized message by Simon. The limited edition tee shirt. AND…. A DVD with footage of the making of “The Simon Keith Story”. See footage of Simon’s career, interviews, raw footage his trip to England to meet with the donor family, and much more. Incredible never before seen footage!

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    Spend a session training with Simon. Simon will come and train you (or your child and his teammates) for a good old fashion hard core soccer training session. PLUS you get all the other “stuff” listed above including the limited edition tee shirt, the signed book with personalized message, an acknowledgment in the book, and the awesome DVD….(expenses not included!). Included in this package is 10 (TEN) books!

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    COME TO DINNER!! In addition to all the great stuff listed at the other levels…Miss Kelly will make you and 5 of your friends dinner at the Keith house in Las Vegas. Come spend the evening with Sami and Sean (and Sarah if she is around)…Even Reese and Daisy will be there!!! Plus all the other stuff!!!!

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    What can we possibly say? You are REALLY making this happen! You can have “whatever you want”!! In addition to all the great stuff listed above you can also spend a day with Simon…Simon will train your team, speak to your company, play a round of golf, eat a steak dinner. Whatever! As an in-demand speaker Simon can come and speak to your team, club, civic group, conference. Hearing Simon talk about his experience and how to “not be a victim” is an experience that definitely leaves an impression. Simon is at your disposal for the day so run him till he drops!!! Simon will also bring a box of 25 books for your event.

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