Towering over the landscape at 19,341 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. With an estimated six to seven day trek ahead of any would-be climbers, Mt. Kilimanjaro is no expedition to be taken lightly. But for Bonner Paddock, a 40 year old California resident with cerebral palsy, it was just just another accomplishment to add to his already outstanding list.
While also being the first person with CP to finish the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Mr. Paddock has lead a life of strength and determination. “There was a huge difference between Kilimanjaro and Ironman. During my climb, I was doing everything from a fear-based place, chasing down the meaning of why I had this disability…” he said of the two events. His completion of the Ironman tournament in 2012 took nearly 16.5 hours, with a roaring crowd supporting him as he crossed the finish line.
Paddock’s conquering of Kilimanjaro was a major achievement for him, as the mountain was something that he had always felt was unattainable. “With CP, you don’t have balance, really, and it affects your equilibrium … I knew it wasn’t necessarily going to be a suicide mission, but it was really out of my physical realm.”
In addition to completing some of the most difficult physical challenges around, Mr. Paddock is also the creator of the OM foundation, an organization designed to help raise awareness for those who suffer from CP. The team at NJBiz.com in addition to the folks behind Boraie Development LLC were moved by this act of bravery.