Gannon READS features veteran Craig Grossi and Afghan dog Fred

Anna Malesiewski, Features Editor

Craig Grossi, author of “Craig and Fred: a Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other” spoke as part Gannon University’s Gannon READS program Monday.
Grossi shared aspects of his own mental health struggle in the Yehl Ballroom at 2 p.m., and later was the keynote speaker at Erie Insurance Arena at 7 p.m.
“We could not have been more blessed to have found someone like Craig to be here for this specific event with the message that he has,” Melinda Holliday, freshman seminar coordinator at Gannon, said.
Grossi’s book and the sharing of his experiences with mental health helped continue the conversation that has been ongoing at Gannon for months now.
Grossi is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, recipient of the Purple Heart and a Georgetown University graduate who encourages people to adopt an attitude of “stubborn positivity.”


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