Join Charity Tilleman-Dick, acclaimed soprano and organ transplant advocate, for a discussion and signing of her new memoir. The Encore is the true story of opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two lung transplants at the Cleveland Clinic and went from struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world.
Charity was a young American soprano studying when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would die within five years. Inexplicably, despite her fatal pulmonary condition, she could still sing. Medical experts advised Charity to abandon her musical dreams, but if her time was running out, she wanted to spend it doing what she loved.
In just three years, she endured two double lung transplants. Teetering between life and death, she slowly learned to breathe, walk, talk, eat, and sing again. Over a decade after her diagnosis, she has a chart-topping album, performs around the globe, and is a leading voice for organ donation.