Farmington Rotary donated $1,000 to the Pieper Hope and Challenge Foundation in December, 2017, and on Jan. 31, 2018, Duke Pieper brought his inspirational message to athletes at Farmington High School. Duke's story of having to move beyond a future professional hockey career after life-altering brain surgery at 15 years old is powerful for anyone facing challenges.
 
Duke used the donation from Farmington Rotary to provide each athlete at his presentation with a copy of his book, "I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle."  The book can also be purchased on Amazon. As one reviewer of Duke's book said, "Life isn't easy for many but the option to persevere is." Duke shows us all what it's like to persevere.
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