Dan Keplinger was born on January 19, 1973 an apparent stillbirth, not breathing at all. More than a minute later, he was revived. But it was too late; the damage was done. Deprived of oxygen for so long, Keplinger developed Cerebral Palsy.
But the same fighting spirit that helped Keplinger survive a perilous birth has helped this now 35-year-old man develop into a critically acclaimed artist whose work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions nationwide. Moreover, he is both the on-screen subject and the writer of “King Gimp,” an HBO film that won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2000. The film’s title aptly describes Keplinger himself, who says, “Most people think gimp means someone with a lame walk. But gimp also means a fighting spirit.”
Keplinger will bring his remarkable tale of perseverance, determination and fighting spirit to the College of Health and Human Services at Governors State University on Wednesday, October 22, 2008.
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