Carry On: A story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family

paralympicsThe title for this blog is the same title of the book I just finished. It is about a young man who’s early life was pretty bleak. His mother died when he was nine and his dad was an addict. By the time Dartanyon was a sophomore in high school he was sleeping on friend’s coaches. Did I mention that he’s also blind?

Dartanyon’s story is a Paralympic story. Paralympics in general receive little media coverage compared to that of the Olympics. That’s unfortunate considering our info-saturated culture. Hopefully this book will reverse that and change some hearts and world views in the process.

Before becoming a Paralympian Dartanyon would become part of a new family–an incredible story of foster parenting. But the story is much more than that as it covers a number of life’s issues: mentoring, foster care system, race, disability, courage, humor caring and investing in another person, faith, love, hope, trauma, resilience, and redemption, to name a few.

The story embodies the words of C. S. Lewis who said, “Friendship…is born at that moment when one man says to another, “What! You too? I thought that no one by myself…”

Carry On is story that reminds us that God still uses people to accomplish the unthinkable and heal the unlovable.


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