One More Step

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

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Music Credit: “Riding On” by Burning Branches

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.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania, Africa





In 2008, Bonner Paddock pushed himself beyond his limits to become the first person with Cerebral Palsy to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted.

It was the children he encountered on this journey that helped inspire him to continue to the summit…

In this exhilarating and inspirational memoir, the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete the brutal Ironman Kona competition shares the adventure that led to his achievements — redefining our ideas of normal and proving that life is never truly limited for any of us.

2012 Ironman World Championship – Kona, Hawaii

Finish Time: 16:38:35 (Time Allowed: 17:00:00)

Mile Swim

Mile Bike Ride

Mile Run


In 2012, following 2 years of intense training tailored to his body’s shortcomings, Bonner completes the Hardest Race on Earth and becomes the first Ironman with Cerebral Palsy. Proving once again that there are no limits to what one can achieve.

His story of training for these events and the mind-boggling pain he endured to achieve his goals will have readers crying and cheering all the way to the finish line. An emotion- and action-packed story of the author’s tenacious, dogged pursuit of his goals.

– Kirkus Reviews

Bonner Paddock is an amazing person with an unconquerable spirit. His story is beyond inspiring, and he personifies what true toughness and heart are all about. Through it all, Bonner Paddock keeps going, and takes all of us along with him.

– Jay Bilas

Through his OM Foundation, Bonner has raised more than $1,000,000 to increase awareness and provide much needed services for children with Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood… There is no cure for CP, but treatment can improve the lives of those who have the condition.
It is important to begin a treatment program as early as possible. – CDC.GOV

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One More Step is a courageous and heartwarming story of one man’s trials and triumphs over cerebral palsy. Packed with adventure, this gripping narrative of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and becoming a Kona Ironman both exhausts and uplifts the human spirit. An inspiring and irresistible book. Lars Anderson

The Storm and the Tide

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