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Young author advises others to stay strong with new book
JaMario Walker offers encouragement from his own life experiences
W Jamario Walker and Adrian Peterson
New author Ja'Mario Walker, center, poses with friends and family, from left, Tommy Lewis of Lewis Color Lithographers, brother Alfonza Walker, Georgia Southern legend Adrian Peterson and Faith Abell, also of Lewis Color. Ja'Mario has written a book called "Staying Strong" to encourage and inspire others. Half of the proceeds of his book will be donated to the AMBUCS organization to purchase therapeutic bikes. - photo by Special

    When Ja’Mario Walker met legendary Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson, his first words were, “Hey, A.P., I can beat you in a race.”
    Those are strong words coming from a seventh grader. They’re even more powerful coming from a young man born with cerebral palsy who gets from place to place with the assistance of a walker.
    Then again, Ja’Mario’s brazen words match his personality.
    With a smile that stretches across his face, young Ja’Mario inspires all who meet him.
    “Disabled kids can do more than people think they can do,” said Ja’Mario. “I am meant to inspire people and teach people to do the best they can do and never give up. No matter how big the problem or situation is, keep trying until you figure out a solution. When I look at myself, I see an inspiring young man who has a disability but is not afraid to do what he does best.”
    And whether that’s racing an NFL football player, making good grades in school, riding his new AMBUCS AmTryke or authoring a book, Ja’Mario doesn’t know the meaning of giving up.
    That attitude helped Ja’Mario write his first book, “Staying Strong.” At first, the book was part of a school assignment. Then, with help from teachers, parents, friends and Tommy Lewis of Lewis Color Lithographers, the newly printed book with a foreword by Peterson, the Georgia Southern football Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bears running back, became available for the public.
    Ja’Mario had his first book signing at the recent Statesboro AMBUCS Chapter Celebrity Bowl-a-Thon, held at The Clubhouse. Ja’Mario chose to give 50 percent of the proceeds of his book to AMBUCS.
    As a former recipient of a bike designed specifically to meet his own mobility needs, Ja’Mario wanted to “help AMBUCS buy another kid a bike.”
    All 20 bowling lanes were sponsored by local businesses, and each team sported a child who has received, or is on the list to receive, a therapeutic bike. The event was a huge success, raising approximately $5,000 to purchase new bikes. 
    Ja’Mario did his part, sending balls down the lane and then personalizing copies of his book.
    Ja’Mario’s parents, Yolanda Tisby and Alfonza “Buck” Walker, and his brother, Alfonza, rallied in support of him.
    Much of Ja’Mario’s success comes from his loving, supportive family.
    Tisby said she often tells Ja’Mario: “No matter what, stay strong and don’t let anything hold you back or stand in the way. Keep your head up. By the grace of God, you can do anything you put your mind to.”
    “Buck” Walker echoes those sentiments with his longtime advice: “Always stay positive and keep God first.”
    Now, Ja’Mario feels that he was put here to help others.
“I wrote the book to be a positive part of another kid’s life or anyone that feels like giving up. Stay strong. Look at me. If I can do it, anyone can.”
    You can order his book online at hopealdred@hotmail.com.

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