OMF Summer Newsletter – July 2016

It’s been an incredible year so far! In March, HarperCollins launched the paperback version of my memoir, One More Step. In May, we hit an all time high at the OC Marathon raising over $40,000 — twice the amount we raised last year!

Virgen: Team Jake keeps on running

By Steve Virgen – Los Angeles Times Ten years ago, Steven Robert ran in the OC Marathon to raise money for his 4-year-old son Jake, who had Cerebral Palsy. During the final portion of the race, Steven scooped up his son and carried him into the finish line. Later that night, little Jake died in his sleep. But Jake’s legacy has lived on through Team Jake, a charity that raises money for children with special needs. Team Jake celebrated its 10th anniversary at the US Bank OC Marathon this past weekend. The joyous and somber tears began to flow on Thursday night when Steve and his wife Alison were inducted into the inaugural OC Marathon Hall of Fame, also known as Making Waves Award recipients. The Hall of Fame class also featured the late Bill Scarff, a strong supporter of the OC Marathon, and the event’s co-founder and original board chair Scott Baugh. It was an emotional moment when Steve thanked many while receiving the honor Thursday night at the Newport Beach Marriott. He stood with his wife, as they laughed about past memories and wiped away tears because of the loss of their son. They remain grateful to have touched many lives through Team Jake. Bonner Paddock was one of those. And he’s also made a difference for many through the One Mission Foundation. Read Full...

More than 22,000 runners expected for 12th annual O.C. Marathon

By Courtney Perkes Randy Kam, 58, is confident that he won’t finish Sunday’s O.C. Marathon – his 131st endurance race – dead last again. The Fullerton dentist logged a time of 7 hours, 32 minutes last year, three days after undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer. This time, he’s done with chemo and his cancer is in remission. But he’ll still wear a homemade sign on his back urging men to get screened. “I’m baaack!! Stage IV prostate cancer, 15 chemos/6 marathons last year,” his sign reads, in part. The 12th annual O.C. Marathon is expected to draw more than 22,000 runners and 10,000 spectators to races this weekend, including a Kids Run today and the 26.2-mile marathon, half-marathon and 5K on Sunday. Mayors of the four host cities – Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana – will run or walk the half-marathon to raise money for scholarships and running shoes for the 2017 Kids Run. Organizers kicked things off Thursday night by inducting the first four members into the marathon’s Hall of Fame. The honor was inspired by recipients Steven and Alison Robert, who are marking the 10th anniversary of Team Jake. In 2006, Steven Robert ran the O.C. Marathon to raise money for cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder his 4-year-old son, Jake, was born with. As he neared the finish line, Steven scooped up his son from the sidelines and carried him for the final 100 yards. That night, Jake died in his sleep. The couple, who moved from Yorba Linda to Austin, Texas, returns for the marathon each year and along with hundreds of...

2015 OMF Holiday Newsletter

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to reflect and be thankful for the incredible support of our partners, donors and volunteers…

Op-Ed: ‘One More Step’ was the climb of a lifetime to Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Jonathan Farrell, Digital Journal Laguna Beach – Confession is good for the soul as some might say. And, for Ironman athlete and Mount Kilimanjaro climber, Bonner Paddock his confession to a disability lead to some major life-transformation changes. In his book “One More Step” he details the confession that at first caught him off guard but then propelled him to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro and participate in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He realized by participating in those physically and emotionally demanding events that there was much more in life than a fancy car, a high-paying job and all the material stuff of financial success. “Everyone has challenges in life, he said. I was my own barrier in my life. I stopped trying to fit in like everyone else and acknowledged, I have Cerebral Palsy.” To accept his cerebral palsy was important. It helped to free him from all the notions and misconceptions that had entangled him and kept him from genuine happiness. Knowing about his handicap or disability was one thing. But to speak openly and honestly in public, without embarrasment or pity was something much more empowering. For most of his life Paddock strived to be the best he could be by aiming for all the things the American Dream emulates. Disability was something not talked about. Read Full...

Park City Film Series goes ‘Beyond Limits’

On Sept. 7, 2008, Bonner Paddock stood on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, some 19,340 feet above Tanzania.
That marked the end of a journey that started when Paddock was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child…

Bonner Paddock – Orange County Coast

Bonner Paddock exemplifies the word “grit.” At 33, the Laguna Beach resident became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted…

Reader’s Digest

“With braces on his legs, he fueled his way up Kilimanjaro by the fire in his heart.”

The awakening of Bonner Paddock

He credits sports with the realization that his gift is to help others… From the Executive Editor, Abraham D. Madkour

WorkInSports.com

“Quite possibly the most inspiring story you’ll read in a long time”

Fundraising Event Saturday, May 31st

  OM Foundation Toasts a “Life Beyond Limits” $175.00   Sold Out Thank You For Supporting OMF!   Saturday, May 31, 2014, 5-9pm Young's Market Co. Please join us on Saturday, May 31st for a beautiful roof top sunset as OM Foundation Toasts a “Life Beyond Limits”. Enjoy a wonderful wine tasting experience with exceptional and rare wines at Young's Market Company in Tustin. Savor delicious food and wonderful wines, while taking in music and supporting the efforts of OM Foundation. Out of stock SKU: OMF-WT-531 Description Product Description Wine Tasting, Food Stations/Appetizers, Live Auction, Raffle & music from our Wonderful DJ, Coleman Hampton! Limited Tickets Available: $175 per person Location: Young’s Market Company 14402 Franklin Avenue Tustin,...

HUNTINGTON BEACH MAN HONORED WITH SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Bonner Paddock, founder and chairperson of the One Man One Mission Foundation, was honored by the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) with a “Spotlight Award” at a dinner-dance…

Team Jake

  Meet Team Jake member, John Quinn. He’s not just doing a marathon, but he has signed up for a HALF IRONMAN! He’s competing in the Steelhead 70.3 on August 9th, 2015, in Michigan, and raising funds for OM Foundation’s Team Jake. John has cerebral palsy and is pushing beyond limits to raise awareness for CP. Barron Stephanson and members of his Team Jake Club at Santa Margarita Catholic High School raised $850 for the children of OM Foundation by running in the Color Me Rad 5K. Way to go Team! Ryan Wing’s 54 Second Knockout & Nearly $20k Raised for Team Jake I ask you to join me on a mission to provide hope, achievement, and opportunity to the most courageous of all our children: those deeply effected by challenges many of us couldn’t imagine enduring. Meet TeamJake Member Drew: Drew Reichardt is a 6 year old kid who raised $100 for OM Foundation at his lemonade stand by selling fresh squeezed lemonade (lemons grown in his own backyard) and homemade cookies. His Dad, Shane Reichardt, helped him set it up and 100% of the proceeds went to OM Foundation. BTW, Drew is wearing a pair of OMF’s signature Oakley sunglasses! Give a cheer for Guy Hammington and his Kiwi Krusher teammates who participated in the Portland to Coast Walking Relay 2013! Guy is a champion for OM Foundation and so far has raised $1200 for Team Jake! Thank you Guy and all the Kiwi Krushers! Mark Antenucci recently participated in the Mt. Baldy Run-To-The-Top. In Mark’s words, “It was only 7 miles, but the elevation climb and...

Book Deal & Title Contest

ANNOUNCEMENT AND CONTEST Hello all! I am pumped to announce my next big mission. This one won’t have me panting through the dark, the air empty of oxygen, as I climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, nor will it be a swim/bike/run on the furnace that is the Big Island of Hawaii. This mission is of a different sort, a literary one, in fact. Yes, A BOOK! With New York Times bestselling author Neal Bascomb (read Hunting Eichmann or The Perfect Mile, they’re incredible), I am chronicling my Kilimanjaro and Ironman World Championship achievements, along with my own personal struggles with Cerebral Palsy and my battle to give every child with a disability the same fighting chance I’ve been fortunate enough to have in life. It’s part inspiration, part memoir, part adventure story, in collaboration with IMG have sold the rights for publication to Harpercollins, who will release it in 2015! Now, that’s the news. On to the contest. I need a title, a real grab-you-by-the-throat, got-to-read-it, title. The subtitle will likely be something like “Kilimanjaro, Ironman, and the Moments that Make a Life Beyond Limits”–but we’re not wedded to that either. Whoever comes up with a title (and bonus points for subtitle) wins an all-expense paid trip into my heart. And, better yet, a first-printing, autographed edition of the book (with your title!!!). So, put on the thinking cap and send me your ideas. The more the better! Thanks! Thank you for all of the incredible...

Ryan Wing’s 54 Second Knockout & Nearly $20k Raised for Team Jake

    Jake has made me a better man!   Hello Friends, I ask you to join me on a mission to provide hope, achievement, and opportunity to the most courageous of all our children: those deeply effected by challenges many of us couldn’t imagine enduring. I have seen firsthand the struggles and minimized opportunities these children face on a daily basis. As many of you know, my brother, Josh, is one of these amazing life warriors. Josh has UP Syndrome (nothing keeps him down so I refuse to use the word). I spent my entire life competing in sports. Even through winning championships, playing at a high level in college, and now assuming my newest challenge; I have yet to realize the amazing achievements I see in my brother every day. He is my inspiration and a role model to us all. Today is an opportunity to help those who deserve a chance at living a full and complete life. I believe deeply in this cause and will be putting my body where my mouth is. I will compete in my FIRST AMATEUR BOXING tournament on Oct 4th in the Bad Boy Fight Night (http://www.badboyfights.com/) to raise money for children like my brother Josh. THIS IS NOT A CHARITY FIGHT WITH OVERSIZE FAKE GLOVES! THIS IS THE REAL DEAL! Why did I choose to do an AMATEUR BOXING TOURNAMENT? These kids must fight every day for things we take for granted! I have never done anything like this before and I can tell you I am scared at times and during my training I’ve reconsidered (getting hit in...

“Bonner Paddock Is An Inspiration to All”

By Sylvia Delgado, CAT Chair A lot of people talk about the things they are going to do. Bonner Paddock, our guest speaker at the May CAT meeting, doesn’t waste time talking – he just does them. Bonner, who was born with cerebral palsy, has pushed himself beyond the limits of his disability over and over again. He is the first person with cerebral palsy to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa unassisted and to successfully finish the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Bonner shared pictures and videos of those events with us and trust me, they weren’t all pretty! He struggled. He was in pain. Sometimes, it even looked like he might not reach the top of that mountain or finish that marathon after he’d already swum 2.4 miles in the ocean and biked 110 miles. But he did it! That’s because Bonner doesn’t accept defeat; and we shouldn’t either. That was Bonner’s inspirational message to CAT members. He encouraged us all to set goals that push us beyond the limits of our disability or any other circumstances that may hold us back. Besides being a terrific role model for people with disabilities, Bonner is also a great example of how one person can make a difference. In 2009, Bonner founded the OM Foundation because he wanted to help children with disabilities get the therapies they needed so they could have better lives. Since then, his foundation has raised more than $1 million. It was very exciting to watch a video about the great things that Bonner is doing to support and advocate for people with disabilities in our own...

Speaking Engagements

  Bonner is a passionate and engaging speaker. His presentations focus on finding the inner strength to move forward in spite of difficult circumstances, facing seemingly insurmountable odds, setting and achieving goals and ultimately, not accepting defeat. An inspiration for children and adults around the world, Bonner Paddock is living proof that one person can make a difference. – IMG Speakers   When Bonner Paddock falls down, he gets back up in a big way. He has spent his life shaking off skinned knees, broken bones and doctors’ warnings. And at 33, he became the first person diagnosed with cerebral palsy to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted. No small feat for an able-bodied man, but a monumental undertaking for Bonner. To raise awareness of those suffering from cerebral palsy, Bonner tackled the climb with the determination and vigor that has defined his life. Eight days and 19,340 feet later, he had conquered not only the mountain, but his own limitations. From the time Bonner was a toddler, it was apparent something wasn’t right. His left leg dragged behind the right and he couldn’t maintain his balance. Seven different doctors gave him seven different diagnoses. At one point, a doctor told Bonner he’d be in a wheelchair by 15, and he might not make it past his 20th birthday. He spent time in a variety of shoes, braces and casts. But he moved forward. To limit his movement, he played goalie instead of flanker. He worked on his 3-point shot. He even stood at home plate in a cast up to his hips and had someone run for him when he smacked the...

Coast Magazine Coverage of Oakley Launch Party

The OM Foundation, created by Bonner Paddock, is an organization striving to create learning centers in the United States and Africa by raising funds through various fundraisers. – Coast...

Oakley OM Foundation Sunglasses

  Oakley OM Foundation Sunglasses $225.00 We’ve SOLD OUT of all our customized OM Foundation sunglasses created by @Oakley! Over $35K raised thanks to #Oakley!! Special thanks to everyone who helped support us through your donation! The Oakley team designed and created this signature eyewear for Bonner Paddock upon his completion of his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The image on the side of the sunglasses is Bonner standing at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. There is also a custom OM logo embedded in the front lower left lense. 100% of proceeds go to OM Foundation Sunglasses come with a custom designed Oakley sunglasses drawstring bag. Out of stock SKU: OAKOMF Description Product Description Take all the music, art and life that inspires athletes to step up and go beyond. Shape it with an edge of attitude but keep the look clean and uncomplicated, then give it the best technology ever to carve light rays. An O Matter® frame decked with dual cam hinges, true metal icons and High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Eye-chafing UV can’t get through our Plutonite® lenses, and the side contours use patented XYZ OPTICS® for widescreen clarity. If you need to add prescription lenses, no worries. Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter® frame material Precision and durability of sculpturally integrated hinge mechanisms with dual cam action Dual polaric ellipsoid lens geometry (two lenses cut from single toric shield) Comfort and Performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment Metal icon accents Comfort and performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment Optical precision and performance that meets...

Bonner Paddock Sets World Record

Completes Ironman World Champs With Cerebral Palsy BONNER PADDOCK once again is making the most of an NHL lockout. During the ’04-05 lockout, Paddock, while employed by the Ducks, was urged by Owners HENRY and SUSAN SAMUELI to explore more about his cerebral palsy. Paddock became involved in United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and decided to become the first person with CP to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This time around, Paddock wanted to be the first person with CP to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run with a most unusual yet inspiring dance as he crossed the finish line. Paddock, 37, now serves as Senior VP/Marketing & Partnership Activation for Young’s Market Company. Below he discusses his heroic effort, which thus far has raised almost $1M. Continue → By Theresa Manahan, Staff Writer Sports Business...

“Paddock pushes the limits of cerebral palsy”

Smith: Bonner Paddock, 37, of Newport Coast, became the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008. Now the former Ducks executive has his sights set on finishing the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on Oct. 13. IRVINE – The slight limp is there when he walks, the left toe of his leather shoe scratching the pavement, his right heel dragging. This crooked, unsteady gait is a lifelong reminder of the mild cerebral palsy that Bonner Paddock can’t hide. He has had 37 years to adapt to the complications of the brain and nervous-system disorder caused at birth when his umbilical cord nearly choked him to death. His lower legs have always been gimpy, ankles shot and toes cramped and curled. His equilibrium comes and goes like light from a bulb with a short, forcing him to correct his balance continually by sighting his surroundings and knowing up from down, floor from ceiling and base from summit. He has tripped, stumbled and fallen all his life. He can’t count all the times he skinned his elbows and knees. He broke his arm — twice — as a child, trying to catch himself. The best part of Paddock’s story is that he always, stubbornly, gets back up — often with greater determination and a bigger chip on his shoulders despite “the hitch in his giddy-up,” he says. Paddock, who grew up in Mission Viejo and lives in Newport Coast, earned a soccer scholarship to Concordia, using the same quick reflexes he uses to correct his every motion to play goalie. He ran the OC Marathon in 2007....

This Triathlon’s Gonna Hurt

by Cristina Goyanes Sitting across from super-fit Bonner Paddock, who’s gearing up for this year’s most prestigious (and grueling) Ironman in Hawaii on October 13, you’d never know that he has to conscientiously fight just to stand upright every second of the day. Ever since his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck like a noose and deprived him of oxygen at birth, the 37-year-old Californian has been living with a mild case of cerebral palsy, which has most affected his equilibrium and eye-foot coordination. “I don’t know if I’m leaning to the right or left unless my eyes are locked onto something that is straight, like a wall, beam or door frame. I just pick a spot and try to get there without swaying,” Paddock says. “I fall in my closet a lot on mornings when I’m tired and not concentrating.” When you don’t know up from down, how do you commit to swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running a marathon back to back . . . to back? For Paddock, the attempt to become the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the famous world championship triathlon—known to most as simply “Kona,” or the Super Bowl of triathlons—without assistance is more than about defying the odds and making history. (See if Kona falls on our list of The 20 Best Triathlons in America.) Paddock’s goal is to raise one million dollars for his foundation One Man, One Mission, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to building much-needed centers around the globe for kids with disabilities. And he doesn’t care that he could lose five years of his life...

KTLA5 Interview

Bonner Paddock is competing on Oct 13th in Hawaii. He’s running, biking and swimming for miles and miles even though he has Cerebral Palsy! He’s doing it to help disabled kids both here in California and in...

MY KONA: BONNER PADDOCK

Through the One Man, One Mission Foundation, this IRONMAN Foundation athlete is aiming to raise a million dollars in support of initiatives to treat individuals with cerebral palsy. By Kendra Mahon Bonner Paddock is living proof that anything really is possible. After a string of incorrect diagnoses, a physician identified Paddock with cerebral palsy at the age of 11. He was told he most likely wouldn’t live past his early 20’s, a prognosis he has squashed with remarkable strength and numerous accomplishments. In honor of a friend’s son who passed away and had been living with a severe case of CP, Paddock ran a marathon, raising $30,000. “A light bulb went on and I realized if I could go and do these physical events, it’s a great way to raise money for all these families that need help paying for services,” Paddock says. “I have a gift and I need to do these physical things that most people living with CP can’t do, to give hope to these kids and families. Somehow I can do all this stuff, so me experiencing a little pain here and there is nothing compared to what they’re going through.” In 2008, Paddock took things to a whole new level when he became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, as well as the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Documenting his journey in the film Beyond Limits, Paddock realized the powerful impact he could have on raising funds and awareness to those living with disabilities. A year after his extraordinary climb, Paddock founded the One...

UCP of Orange County Celebrates Bonner Paddock

On Wednesday, September 26th, United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County will be hosting an official Ironman Sendoff in Honor of Bonner Paddock. This will be an opportunity to meet Bonner in person and wish him luck as he heads over to Kona to compete in the Ironman World Championship on October 13th. Won’t you please join us for this wonderful...

SEPTEMBER 01: JOSH TURNER BENEFIT

The Hannah, S.C. native has sold more than 5 million albums and garnered numerous multi-week No. 1s (“Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me”). His debut album, Long Black Train was certified platinum for more than 1 million copies sold, and his sophomore album, Your Man, was one of only four country albums to reach double-platinum status in 2006. The debut single from his fourth album Haywire, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” a four-week No. 1 hit was the most-played song at country radio in 2010, according to Mediabase and #3 on Billboard’s year-end Hot Country Songs list, followed immediately by “All Over Me” at No. 4. “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” took home an American Country Award for “Single of the Year-Male” in December of the same year. Scoring back-to-back #1’s with his second single release from Haywire, “All Over Me,” made Turner one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010. Six years after his Grand Ole Opry debut, he was inducted into the prestigious organization, becoming one of the youngest artists to receive such an honor. Turner’s fifth studio album Punching Bag is in stores now and his current tour is being sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Josh uses this same approach to his career in the music industry, where many artists seem to come and go quickly. “I don’t ever want to take anything for granted,” he says. “I’ve learned from certain people that it takes a lot of hard work, passion and love for what you do to...
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