In 13 History on 2012/02/06 at 5:46 PM
A movie is being made of the unique life of Charlie Petrizzo.  Some of you might remember him from last year’s class on Fathers and Doctors of the Church. http://www.charliesscars.com
Charlie Petrizzo has faced death twice in his life. Just before his 5th birthday he ran into the street to catch a ball and was hit by a car. The accident almost killed him. It left him in a coma for a while, and then with temporary paralysis. He had to have emergency brain surgery and was in the hospital for months of recovery afterwards.Unfortunately for Charlie, that was not the end of his troubles. His mother said that he was always accident-prone, but she never suspected that when he was only 15 she would be praying for his survival from yet another accident. Charlie was working a summer job painting a house and lost control of an aluminum ladder. It bounced around and hit the power lines, electrocuting him with 36,000 volts of electricity.With 70% of his body was badly burned, Charlie was lucky to survive. Many surgeries later, and months in the hospital, he slowly recovered. Today his injuries still cause many problems in his day-to-day life, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving more than most people.Despite his health, Charlie worked his way up the corporate ladder to a lofty position with a large national bank. His success was well earned, but he found that he was lacking something important in life. When his mother died he decided to be inspired by the caring example she set in her life and do something that would make a difference in the world instead of his bank account.He left his high-paying job and started a foundation called Project 2 Heal combining two of his passions, dogs and healing. Charlie breeds and trains Labrador Retrievers to work as skilled companion dogs for children with special needs and he donates them to families who need them…at his own expense.Part of his donation efforts involves sending puppies to ICAN, the Indiana Canine Assistance Network for training. ICAN’s dogs are training in prisons, by prisoners. Charlie discovers that one of the prisoners is responsible for killing a 12-year-old girl in Indiana, in one of America’s most gruesome murder cases. Charlie’s whole world is hanging in the balance while he tries to decide if Project 2 Heal should continue donating dogs to the prison for training.

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