One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth

One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth

by Bonner Paddock, Neal Bascomb


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062295583
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,166,950
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bonner Paddock is a successful business executive and the founder of the OM Foundation® (OMF), serving the needs of children with all types of disabilities. He lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Neal Bascomb is a former international journalist and the award-winning author of six bestselling books, including The Perfect Mile and Hunting Eichmann.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Fight Your Fight 1

1 Normal. Happy 5

2 A Boy Named Jake 17

3 Swimming in the Riptides 33

4 The Mountain 47

5 It's About to Get Real 69

6 The Wall 89

7 Fire in the Furnace 107

8 The Fun-House Mirror 125

9 Swim. Bike. Run. 151

10 Brothers 169

11 I Told You This Wasn't Going to Be Easy 191

12 Me Against the island 211

13 Go Time 227

14 Man of Iron 243

Epilogue: One Man, One Mission 265

Afterword Robert Family 275

Acknowledgments 279

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