In this exhilarating and inspirational memoir, the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete the brutal Ironman competition shares the exhilarating adventure that led to his achievements--redefining our ideas of normal and proving that life is never truly limited for any of us.Read more...
In this exhilarating and inspirational memoir, the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete the brutal Ironman competition shares the exhilarating adventure that led to his achievements--redefining our ideas of normal and proving that life is never truly limited for any of us.
Bonner Paddock summited 19,341 foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Four years later, he earned the elite triathlete title, Kona Ironman. Thousands have done each individually. Bonner is the first person with cerebral palsy to do both.
Diagnosed in his youth, Bonner swore he wouldn't let this neurological disorder limit him, and for twenty-nine years he guarded the truth about his health. But the sudden death of a friend's young son who also suffered from CP forced Bonner to reevaluate his life. No longer would he be content striving for normal. Instead he would live life to its fullest, pursuing one breathtaking experience at a time--while raising money for special needs children along the way--and never turn down a challenge for fear of his physical limitations.
His is a remarkable journey that has taken him across the globe and introduced him to a fascinating cast of characters who have supported his inspiring quest. An athlete, adventurer, and philanthropist, Bonner is today no longer defined by his limits, but by the moments that pushed him past them. Infused with his irresistible charisma, courage, and heart, illustrated with 16 pages of color photos, One More Step shows us that we can all conquer our own challenges and embrace every moment life has to offer.
- ISBN-13: 9780062295583
- ISBN-10: 0062295586
- Publisher: HarperOne
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 288
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Paddock, a business executive born with cerebral palsy, and journalist Bascomb (The Perfect Mile), recount the story of the former’s quest to successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and later to finish the grueling Ironman race in Kona, Hawaii. Raised in Arcadia, Calif., Paddock reveals that his parents rarely discussed his disability in his presence and later divorced. His grandfather (aka Bompa) was his father figure and his “true north,” a guiding influence who taught him to swim fearlessly and instilled in his grandson a formidable sense of determination. In his late 20s, Paddock begins to speak openly about his condition, and after a friend’s young son dies of the disease the author makes it his mission to help others. He garners the support to travel to Tanzania, where he battles his demons (including his anger at his siblings and parents) and the elements on the challenging trek to the 19,340-ft. summit. Upon his return, Paddock realizes he still has further to go on his quest to raise funds and awareness for CP and meets with Ironman legend Greg Welch to embark on a year of training for the triathlon. Each step of Paddock’s journey is described in vivid and compelling detail. Readers will cheer for this extraordinary man, whose story is solid evidence that limits fall away when confronted with resolve, service, and courage. (Mar.)