Jane Gagliardo was a throwaway employee, fired after working nearly a decade for this leading vaccine maker when her disability surfaced. Fearless and impassioned, her story will leave readers empowered to stand up for themselves, even if it means standing alone. This 2002 landmark case changed the law and challenges the way corporations do business today. This riveting dramatic account sheds fascinating insight into the world of vaccine production, both past and present, that will have every reader searching through their immunization record—this corporation literally runs in the veins of millions of Americans
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What people are saying…
“Rev. Sherry Blackman is to be applauded for both her wonderful story-telling in the book, Call to Witness: One woman’s battle with disability, discrimination and a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and her advocacy and support for another amazing woman who had the courage to stand up against social injustice. This book and Jane Gagliardo’s story will stand as a monument for how one woman can change the face of the world.” Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, Psy.D. WomenSpeak.com and WomenConnect4Good Foundation, Inc. Keynote Speaker and Author of Timeless Women Speak: Feeling Youthful
“Call To Witness is a ‘must read’ for anyone who roots for the good guy. Author Sherry Blackman is a skilled and gifted writer who immediately draws you in with her exquisite prose and holds you captive until the last page. You can’t help but care deeply about this true story of a remarkable woman and the loving family who supported her in an almost impossible battle against a very powerful corporation, all the while taming a potentially fatal illness.” Toni DeMaio author of the forthcoming novel, I’ll Know You By Your Heart.
“In Call To Witness, Sherry Blackman shares the story of Jane Gagliardo, who demonstrates disability is not synonymous with weakness. Though small in stature Jane emerges as a powerhouse of personal strength and tenacity whose fiery passion for justice illuminated the path for other Americans with disabilities to free themselves from corporate arrogance and indifference. Sherry provides us, the reader, with a template with which to gauge our own abilities, and a challenge to rise triumphantly above our own limitations.” Jean Taylor
“Call to Witness testifies to the strength of the human spirit, and to the courage of what it means to stand alone against any of the Goliaths of our day. Jane Gagliardo is the hero of the voiceless and the invisible…. Sherry Blackman is passionate as is inviting as she moves us through this compelling plot….” Dr. Wesley Ariarajah, author, professor, and the former Director of Interfaith Dialogue Program of the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland