Jack Weyland is known for writing books, like Charly. But when it came to writing a book about his longtime friend, Don Croasmun, Weyland took a different route.
“The purpose of this book is to allow more people to come to love and appreciate Don and to learn from his great example,” Weyland wrote in the foreword of The Adventures of Don Croasmun.
To best fulfill this purpose, Weyland used original documents and photos of Don Croasmun’s to tell the story.
“It was a great experience,” Weyland said. “I learned some things that I didn’t know about Don, and that was wonderful.”
The book begins with Don Croasmun’s mother, Martha Croasmun, explaining how she felt optimistic about Don’s life when he was born, even though the doctors did not.
Don Croasmun was born with cerebral palsy, the most severe case the doctors said they had seen, and was expected to have mental retardation and behavioral problems throughout his life. But in the book Martha wrote, she said that she knew in her heart that he would not.
And she was right.
Forty-six years later, Don Croasmun said he considers the fact that he can do almost anything to be one of his greatest accomplishments in life.
Don Croasmun said he thinks that as people read his stories, they will be able to feel more comfortable around other people with disabilities as well.
Tom Croasmun said he hopes that people will be able to gain a new perspective about people with disabilities through the book.
“As for me, and I think Don, we hope that people will learn that people with disabilities are people — they just have a disability, that they’re children of God, and that they’ll treat them as such, and will love them and know that people with disabilities have the same wants and desires as other people do, that they might feel comfortable around them, and not shun them,” said, Tom Croasmun, Don Croasmun’s father.
Weyland said that with every 125 books sold, there will be enough money to donate one wheelchair.
“So, for you, this will not only be a good read, but a good deed,” Weyland wrote in the book.
Martha Croasmun said that Don was once told he was sent to earth to bring a special blessing to those around him.
“Those who don’t know Don have missed something in their lives,” she said.