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by Weldon Bradshaw

Late in 2009, Weldon Bradshaw was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, an incurable, autoimmune liver condition. Over the next two and a half years, as the disease progressed slowly and his liver and health deteriorated, his prognosis grew bleak. By November of 2012, his doctor informed him that if he didn’t receive a transplant, he’d be dead within the week.

Through it all, Weldon remained steadfast to the promise he’d made his family at the outset of his illness: he would be there to dance at his granddaughter’s wedding.

A high school cross country coach and lifelong athlete, Weldon was accustomed to tests of endurance, spirit, and drive. But nothing could have prepared him for this—the race of his life. It would be a race against time and chance and hopelessness in the face of devastating odds. It would be a race for a miracle.

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Meet the Author

Weldon Bradshaw author photoWeldon Bradshaw has worked at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, since 1972, as a teacher, administrator, and coach, primarily of cross country and track. Since 1970, he has been a freelance reporter covering mainly sports for the Richmond News Leader, then the Times-Dispatch. Since 2001, he has written a weekly column entitled “Reflections” for the Collegiate website. He and his wife, Emily, who is also a teacher at Collegiate, live in western Henrico County and have four adult children and four grandchildren.

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Formats: Paperback, Ebook

Pages:  102

ISBN PB: 978-19399301-6-3

ISBN EB: 978-19399306-4-4

Release Date: 1/15/2014


“I had the privilege of Weldon’s visits during my long journey post Liver Transplant. His kindness, courage and faith got me through a time when I wanted to give up. I looked forward to his twice weekly visits that gave me the strength to carry on. I’m now two years post and am a survivor. Thank you Weldon Bradshaw and peace be with you always.” – Cheryl Barnes

“This book works on a number of levels. It is first and foremost an inspiring story of a man’s battle with liver disease. Bradshaw does a great job chronicling his journey on that level alone. He is direct and honest and doesn’t sugarcoat his medical struggles. But more than that, this book reveals a dedicated teacher, coach, father, husband and friend. And here is where I was particularly impressed with this book. Weldon manages to chronicle an amazing life journey and an inspirational story without veering into sentimental and saccharine musings.” – David Manuel Colon

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