Carry on

Carry on

A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and An Unlikely Family

eBook - 2016
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In the spirit of The Blind Side and Friday Night Lights comes a tender and profoundly moving memoir about an ESPN producer's unexpected relationship with two disabled wrestlers from inner city Cleveland, and how these bonds--blossoming, ultimately, into a most unorthodox family--would transform their lives. When award-winning ESPN producer Lisa Fenn returned to her hometown for a story about two wrestlers at one of Cleveland's toughest public high schools, she had no idea that the trip would change her life. Both young men were disadvantaged students with significant physical disabilities. Dartanyon Crockett was legally blind as a result of Leber's disease; Leroy Sutton lost both his legs at eleven, when he was run over by a train. Brought together by wrestling, they had developed a brother-like bond as they worked to overcome their disabilities. After forming a profound connection with Dartanyon and Leroy, Fenn realized she couldn't just walk away when filming ended; these boys had had to overcome the odds too many times. Instead, Fenn dedicated herself to ensuring their success long after the reporting was finished and the story aired--and an unlikely family of three was formed. The years ahead would be fraught with complex challenges, but Fenn stayed with the boys every step of the way--teaching them essential life skills, helping them heal old wounds and traumatic pasts, and providing the first steady and consistent support system they'd ever had. This powerful memoir is one of love, hope, faith, and strength--a story about an unusual family and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062427854
0062427857
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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What happens when an ESPN reporter films the story of two disabled teens on an Ohio state high school wrestling team? A life changing experience for all.


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redtayres
Mar 08, 2017

Read this book, start to finish, in a single sitting during a single day of vacation. You will too.

The story it tells is true and interesting. Even more-so when the author becomes part of the lives of the subjects, following their high school graduation.

It was interesting to see how much she expected of these teens. Even my own children, who have been given every opportunity, would've likely screwed up in similar ways as these two did.

But love conquers all. I hope the boys have grown into wonderful young men and am certain, if they have, that the author had some small part in making that happen.

A good story, well told. What more could one ask for?

Read it.

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brandistvns
Mar 07, 2017

Absolutely beautiful story about 3 courageous people! I remember seeing part of this story on ESPN and felt so touched by the young men it featured. This book is emotional and very well written (keep a box of Kleenex handy!!).

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ctkvlk
Feb 07, 2017

Amazing and fascinating story. Seems like a classic urban tale, but it isn't all hearts and flowers. The author is a Christian but you don't discover that until farther in the book--she's not preachy at all and lives her faith, and Christianity doesn't neatly tie up all the loose ends--that's not how life works. Another story where you want to look up these folks and see how they're doing.

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roosevelt
Aug 28, 2016

Almost more about the authors life than the two guys, but still ok

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