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Presentation of the book "My dream called Olympic Games” in Pordenone




21 April 2012 6.30pm

Civic Library

Pordenone, Place XX Settembre

As he describes in his book, My dream called Olympic Games, Luca Galimberti’s fight against his illness is played both on the clinical and personal plane. The book is published by @uxilia onlus and Italian Comity Milena Project, in cooperation with Telethon.

In his book, My dream called Olympic Games, Luca tells us about his difficulties and his successes in facing his tough condition through practicing sports. Luca Galimberti, FICK and FINP athlete, writes together with many of those who support him and share his dream of participating in the Paralympic Swimming Competitions during the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Luca suffers from Adrenoleukodystrophy, a genetic and hereditary illness (famous because of the film “Lorenzo’s Oil”), which is progressive and causes the gradual destruction of the myelin sheath which wraps and isolates the nerve fibres.

Like the sub title says, Luca’s personal experience is the one of a struggle against the illness which takes place both clinically and by the personal decision not to give up but to fight through the sports, the motor recovery and the “strength of mind”.

Luca Galimberti is the sport testimonial for the “Italian Committee Myelin Project”. The committee is the Italian branch of an international non-profit foundation created in 1989 by Augusto Odone and his wife Michaela Teresa Murphy in order to find a therapy for their son Lorenzo; the aim of the foundation is that of financing researches on rare neurological and demyelinating illnesses.

In May 2011 Luca won the regional title in the 100 meters freestyle at the Interregional Championship FINP (Italian Federation for Paralympic Swimming), obtaining timings not too higher than those which would give him the chance to participate in the National Finals.

In April 2011 Luca won, in the slalom K1TA senior speciality, the title of Italian Paracanoe Champion, the branch which was merged to the FICK (Italian Federation Canoe and Kayak).

Paracanoe will be a Paralympic sport in Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, and Galimberti is also aiming in those Games. Willing to win!




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