Carry on

Carry on

A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and An Unlikely Family

Book - 2016
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NAACP Image Award Finalist, and Winner of the 2016 Friends of American Writers Literary Award and the Christopher Award

In the spirit of The Blind Side comes a deeply moving memoir about the unexpected bonds that would transform three lives.

Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left. After seeing a newspaper image of two young wrestlers from one of Cleveland's tougher public high schools, Lisa followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys that very day. What she found caused her spirit both to sink and to soar.

Leroy Sutton, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, could often be found riding on the back of Dartanyon Crockett, who was legally blind and had no permanent place to call home. Initially drawn together by their handicaps, the boys soon developed a brother-like bond. When one wrestled, the other sat on the edge of the mat, and their cheerful friendship was a source of inspiration throughout the halls of their high school.

As Lisa filmed her feature about this remarkable friendship for ESPN, she grew to understand the suffering Leroy and Dartanyon had endured, and she fought for their trust and their confidence. The three formed a surprising and meaningful connection--and once the television story ended, Lisa realized she couldn't just walk away.

Though Leroy's and Dartanyon's futures were limited by abject poverty, Lisa resolved to give them the chance she knew they deserved. She worked tirelessly to see them through school and athletic pursuits, broken hearts, phantom limbs, and the bewildering obstacles that, at every turn, tested their individual strengths even while strengthening the bonds between them.

More than a story of two underdogs overcoming innumerable hardships, Carry On is a touching tale of an unlikely family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. It is a powerful memoir about grit, love, hope, and faith--and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062427830
Branch Call Number: B CROCKETT
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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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.

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!!).

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.

Aug 28, 2016

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


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