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The Impossible Mile: The Power in Living Life One Step at a Time - Agar, Johnny (Hardcover)

The Impossible Mile: The Power in Living Life One Step at a Time - Agar, Johnny (Hardcover)

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An incredible story of Johnny Agar, born with cerebral palsy and whom doctors thought would never walk, overcoming the odds to compete in Ironman triathlons. Featured on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, Today, and other media outlets, Johnny delivers a moving memoir that is a testament to the power of family, faith, and extraordinary courage.

In The Impossible Mile, told with candor and lightened with humor, Johnny shows what is possible time and time again. His story starts in a Michigan hospital, where he is born eleven weeks premature. An ultrasound reveals bleeding on his brain, and he is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that hinders a person's ability to control muscle movement. Doctors say he will likely have intellectual disabilities and that he will never walk. Despite the pending challenges, Johnny's parents choose to raise their firstborn without limitations on his abilities. This decision would forever shape Johnny's life, his enduring belief in himself and his dreams.

Growing up, Johnny aspires to be an athlete like his father, Jeff, once a professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers organization. Sports was in the young boy's blood. But how could he become an athlete? He can't walk unassisted, and his muscles have a mind of their own. To give Johnny a taste of competition, the father and son start participating in 5K road races, Jeff pushing Johnny in a modified wheelchair.

Until one day Johnny has a bold idea. He will chase his dream--literally--of becoming an athlete by walking part of a race. More than just the few steps he has taken in therapy, he decides that to truly become an athlete he needs to go further. Assisted by his father, Johnny trains for his first impossible mile. What he doesn't know is that his bold idea will do more than change just his life forever.

Johnny's story shows the impact of a life lived to its fullest, from the first difficult steps in training, to becoming a brand ambassador for global apparel company Under Armour. He now serves as an inspiration for not only other professional athletes, but for anyone facing their own impossible mile. Come walk a mile in Johnny's shoes, and realize, as Johnny did, you never walk alone, and anything is possible, if you'll just take on life one step at a time.

PRAISE FOR The Impossible Mile

"Johnny Agar is a true inspiration as a person and an athlete. Where most might see nothing but obstacles, he sees nothing but opportunities. Johnny's commitment to pursuing his dreams and sharing his journey along the way is a tremendous gift to us all." - Michael Phelps, most decorated Olympian in history

"Johnny Agar's life story is an inspiration to me and all who know him. He sees every challenge as an opportunity, and his positive attitude and passion, combined with his faith, show us all that nothing is impossible." - Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings

"The Impossible Mile is a powerful memoir about the coming of age of a young-adult athlete challenged by the reality of cerebral palsy, wheelchair use, and misperceptions about disability. It's also about the personal courage, deep faith, supportive family, and solid sense of humor that helped propel the author to reach seemingly impossible life dreams. Whether you are looking for how to take your own dreams to the next level or searching for inspiration about how to confidently raise a child with differing abilities, Johnny Agar's heartfelt words will educate, entertain, and inspire you--and they might just change your life, too." - Judy Winter, author of Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations and co-founder of the Eric "RicStar" Winter Music Therapy Camp at Michigan State University

"When I won the gold medal with the USA 2018 women's Olympic team, it wasn't just an individual effort. I was surrounded by fantastic teammates and great coaches, but there were so many others. I had a team behind me; my family and friends encouraged me my entire life to work hard and stay determined. They also taught me how to never give up. In The Impossible Mile, Johnny understands the importance of surrounding himself with a good team. One who will support him, encourage him, and be there for him when he falls (literally and figuratively). Johnny's strength coupled with his determination proves to everyone that barriers can be overcome with the right amount of hard work and great people surrounding you. Johnny may never win a gold medal, but his positive attitude and resilience at failure gives him a spot on the podium in my book!" - Megan Keller, Olympic gold medalist for USA women's hockey

"Johnny Agar's life is a story of perseverance and showing that you can accomplish anything with will and determination. I was so moved when I first heard his story--even more inspired when I met him--and my team was inspired when they saw his story. Johnny said that when he would go on runs with his dad, he used to participate, and when he completed his impossible mile, he had the chance to say 'I'm an athlete.' More than anything, he has proven throughout his life that you can come through when you need to come through, no matter what life throws at you." -Tom Izzo, head coach for men's basketball at Michigan State University Spartans

"Working with professional athletes every day, I am used to seeing extreme sacrifices made daily by the players and their families. Reading The Impossible Mile has impacted my thought process regarding my approach to coaching. It has renewed my spirit and drive, and I want to use Johnny's story as a platform to facilitate teamwork and perseverance in my coaching." - Patrick Sullivan, director of recruitment for men's basketball at the University of North Carolina Tar Heels

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