“Dan’s story will introduce you to a new way of looking at the power of the human spirit. Within the soul of this young man, exists a kind of magical vision that allowed him to overcome the most challenging of circumstances and emerge as a role model for all of us. This inner vision not only made a survivor out of Dan, but gave him the ability to live life at a level that most people—especially those who have never been confronted by such challenges—couldn’t imagine for themselves” — Dr. Wayne Dyer – Best Selling Author, Inspirational Speaker
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“He truly is extraordinary…He’s something that only comes from when you go into a place beyond excuses. He’s a testament of spiritual attraction. Not shuckin’and jiving, slippin’ and slidin’, or making excuses…[He] elevated our consciousness into a place of spiritual courage.” — Carlos Santana – Grammy Winning Guitar Legend and Recording Artist
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Dan Caro has been proving the world wrong since he was in diapers. When he was two years old, he was engulfed in a fireball during a gasoline explosion in the family garage
and was left with third-degree burns so severs over most of his body that doctors
held out little hope he’d survive more than a few days. Dan was in such excruciating pain that his devastated parents prayed silently for God to end their son’s suffering and
welcome him into heaven. And it seemed as if God was willing to oblige—Dan technically died on the operating table several times in the hours following the accident.
But even though his heart stopped, Dan’s spirit wasn’t ready to give up; somehow he knew he had work to do. Despite the odds, Dan survived, but life would not be easy.
The fire left him badly injured and disfigured. His hands were burned away, as was most of his skin and nearly all of his face. He would endure years of painful surgeries
and endless months of lonely isolation in burn units, only to suffer the agony of social rejection. Dan was shunned and called “monster” by both children and adults in his Louisiana hometown.
With the support of his loving parents and siblings, Dan did not despair. He kept his heart open to the world and focused on the positive energy around him. Before his sixth birthday, he vowed that his life would not be defined by the way others saw him or the restrictions of his so-called physical handicaps. Dan set a series of life goals for himself, starting with the art of tying his shoelaces without fingers. Once he had achieved that milestone he decided he could do anything . . . so why not learn to play the drums?
After being told he couldn’t do so, he promised himself that one day he would become one of the most accomplished drummers in the city that gave jazz its name—New Orleans! Since that day, Dan’s drumming and inspirational speaking have inspired millions around the world. His personal philosophy, focusing on the positive; refusing to accept limits; and living life with an open heart, is a lesson that we should all witness. The man who was once shunned and called “monster” by his neighbors, is today in high demand for his innovative and inspirational performances. Dan has been honored to share the stage with the inspirational guru Dr. Wayne Dyer and the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana. He encourages everyone to overcome life’s hardships by viewing adversity as a gift that can drive us to our full potential. These powerful messages can be found in Dan’s book, The Gift of Fire: How I Made Adversity Work for Me.