The Climb of My Life by Kelly Perkins
Scaling Mountains with a Borrowed Heart

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When Kelly Perkins learned she needed a heart transplant at the age of 30, she thought the active healthy life she loved was over. From the brink of death to the summit of Mt. Fuji, Kelly, with the support of her husband Craig, not only survived the transplant surgery, but became the first heart transplant patient to summit some of the world's most recognized peaks. The Climb of My Life tells the story of Kelly's transplant, recovery, and ascents up such mountains as Mt. Kilimanjaro-all on a borrowed heart.

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Kelly Perkins is a leading crusader for organ, blood, and tissue donation and has been featured in media such as The New York Times and on NBC's "Today Show." She and her husband Craig are cofounders of HydraCoach, Inc., a sports/medical device company, and they live in southern California. Their website is
Published November 1, 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 244 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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Sometimes Perkins grabs a cliché, and stale sentences like, “It was July 1992, my last days of innocence,” are all the more frustrating because many other passages are so vivid, bursting with fresh metaphors and images: “Our initial courtship was like cramming for a final exam.” Perkins emerges a...

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