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Jerry: The Boy Who Could Not Fail (Book) Review

 
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Jerry: The Boy Who Could Not Fail was created as part of the You CAnnot Fail Initiative of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Written by Jerry Cahill, who has lived Cystic Fibrosis since childhood, it is meant as an inspiration to kids living with the realities of Cystic Fibrosis. But I found it to be an engaging story for all kids, with great morals of living life to its fullest, accepting that being different doesn’t mean being less, and just plain never giving up when something is important to you.

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Posted June 25, 2013 by

 
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An inspiring tale of a boy who simply would not give up, no matter what life threw at him.

Jerry is just a normal kid, like all the others – until a trip to the hospital uncovers the fact that Jerry has Cystic Fibrosis. At first, Jerry is worried about what this means. He gets sick a lot, and he has to take medicines and do treatments, and he’s different than his brothers. But soon Jerry comes to a decision; yes, he has a disease that most other kids don’t – but he isn’t going to let that define him. He would take the best care of his Cystic Fibrosis that he could, and he was just going to be Jerry.

For Jerry, that means sports. His older brothers play all kinds of sports, and Jerry tries them all before he finds the one that is right for him. Baseball leads to a black eye. Football leads to a trip to the wrong end zone and good natured laughs all around. He doesn’t even make the basketball team. But through it all, Jerry never gives up. He just keeps on trying until he finds the perfect sport for him – and he takes that same attitude to the rest of his life as well.

Jerry: The Boy Who Could Not Fail was created as part of the You CAnnot Fail Initiative of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Written by Jerry Cahill, who has lived Cystic Fibrosis since childhood, it is meant as an inspiration to kids living with the realities of Cystic Fibrosis. But I found it to be an engaging story for all kids, with great morals of living life to its fullest, accepting that being different doesn’t mean being less, and just plain never giving up when something is important to you.

The book does a wonderful job of explaining Cystic Fibrosis in a way that kids can easily understand, while at the same time making the book much more about who Jerry is as a person than about his disease. For kids suffering from CF, Jerry is more than just a character in a book – he is someone like them, who understands where they are coming from. For kids who have a sibling or friend with the disease, it gives them a look at life with CF in a way they can understand and relate to. And even for kids who don’t know anyone with Cystic Fibrosis, Jerry offers some really valuable life lessons about not defining a person by their limitations.

The one thing that impressed me the most about Jerry: The Boy Who Could Not Fail is how appealing it is to kids. I have five children of my own, as well as various relatives and neighborhood children running around, and the book had been picked up and read twice within the first half hour. The colorful illustrations and can do attitude just drew the kids to it. When I asked the kids what they liked the best about it, they said they liked that even though Jerry had Cystic Fibrosis, he was just a normal kid like everyone else – and he never, ever gave up.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)