Peter Bilsborough loved the ocean. He had surfed nearly every day for 42 years until Easter Sunday 2010 when the ocean he so loved left him a quadriplegic.


The Will to Live, the Courage to Die, tells the story of the last four months of Peter’s life. Confined to an intensive care ward at Sydney’s Royal North Shore, he was unable to move, unable to breathe without a respirator and unable to talk, except for short periods. Yet during all of this, he showed the same spirit that had made him always a participator in life and never a spectator.


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Continuing the Book's Legacy....

Tracey awarded Drummoyne Women of the Year

7 March 2014

Tracey was awarded Drummoyne Women of the Year as part of the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards for her Book's legacy in raising over $120,000 to purchase brand new wheelchair equipment for Royal North Shore Hospital. Read More ->

Tracey Roberts presents $120,000 worth of new wheelchair equipment to RNSH

13 September 2013

Since the The Will to Live, The Courage to Die was published in September 2012, its Author Tracey Roberts has continued to help improve the mobility of patients at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, and various other health care institutions.


After conducting a major fundraiser titled the 'Blue Diamond Ball' in May 2013 which raised over $120,000, Tracey along with the support of her local Rotary Club were able to purchase 7 brand new high-tech wheelchairs for Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.


Learn more about the Blue Diamond Ball.


Learn more about the RNSH Wheelchair Handover Ceremony.


A sobering reminder to all surfers that serious accidents can happen in small waves. After his unlucky wipeout, Peter Bilsborough showed tsunami-sized bravery" - Mark Warren, former Pro Surfer