According to the CDC statistics from 2010, 1 in 345 children in the United States have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. And among those born with that condition, 33.3% had limited to no walking ability.
But for Jimmy Mulzet – author of the book “Facing the Challenge, Beating the Odds: The Jimmy Mulzet Story” – the odds had been worse when he was born, and it did not spell a bright future. In fact, he almost had no future at all as he nearly died before his first birthday. Despite that, he found love and encouragement in his Catholic faith and gradually learned that miracles can happen as long as he was patient.
All of these experiences and more are told in his touching memoir, “Facing the Challenge, Beating the Odds.” The book is slated to be exhibited at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy six months after he was born, Jimmy grew up during a time when the science and support systems for his disability were not in his favor. He was never expected to walk, excel in school, or even survive into adulthood without intense care.
Today he is well-known and well-loved by his family and friends for his inspiring story of defying those odds. From gaining the ability to walk, attending school, and running in the New York City Marathon to climbing the stairs of the Empire State and having a personal encounter with St. Pope John Paul II, Jimmy's faith and determination have helped him through all adversity.
Visitors to the Los Angeles Festival of Books will find “Facing the Challenge, Beating the Odds: The Jimmy Mulzet Story” by Jimmy Mulzet displayed at ReadersMagnet's exhibit at booth #225. Order a copy today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“Facing the Challenge, Beating the Odds: The Jimmy Mulzet Story”
Author | Jimmy Mulzet
Published date | March 2021
Publisher | Archway Publishing Company
Genre | Memoir
Jimmy Mulzet nearly died before his first birthday. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at six months of age, it initially appeared that Jimmy`s journey in life would be full of challenges. Despite his diagnosis and prediction that he would never walk, Jimmy soon discovered that God sometimes provides miracles. All he had to do was be patient.
In an inspirational memoir shared to encourage others to be the best they can be despite their obstacles, Jimmy chronicles his remarkable life experiences that shine a light on the value of insurmountable odds to lead a self-sufficient, accomplished life. Buoyed by his faith and prayer, Jimmy details how he achieved independence by eventually learning to walk—a life skill that allowed him to attend school, make friends, and later run in the New York City marathon, climb the stairs to the top of the Empire State Building, and meet Pope Saint John Paull II. Throughout his narrative, Jimmy inspires others with disabilities to never give up, find hope in the darkest of placed, and always rely on God for strength.
“'Facing the Challenge, Beating the Odds,' is… a story about faith--- Jimmy`s love for Jesus and His Church, and his attempts to put his faith into action.”
JIMMY MULZET was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at six months of age and was never expected to walk. Not only was he able to walk, but his path led him in many directions. Recently retired after thirty-nine years working for the City University of New York, Jimmy is a devout Catholic who intends to use his faith as his guide to achieve much more in life.
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