Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Inspiring Story of Matt Woodrum, an 11 year-old with Cerebral Palsy

The Inspiring Story of Matt Woodrum, an 11 year-old with Cerebral Palsy

The following is the definition of courage and inspiration. When 11 year old Matt Woodrum, who has cerebral palsy, was struggling through his 400 meter race at school, his physical education teacher walked over to check on the 5th grader and provide some encouragement. Then an amazing thing happened.  As Matt continued to run, more and more of his school mates converged and congregated alongside him, running and cheering him on until he completed the race. Heroic!
It was his fourth race of the day, and one he didn’t have to run. Only a handful of students opted to give it a try, said Anne Curran, Woodrum’s mother. She said her son doesn’t exclude himself from anything, playing football and baseball with friends and his two brothers.
“He pushes through everything. He pushes through the pain, and he pushes through however long it may take to complete a task,” she said. “He wants to go big or go home.”
The sometimes shaky footage shows Woodrum beginning the race on a steady pace with his classmates, though he quickly lags. As several students pass him on their second lap around the grassy course, Blaine walks over to make sure Woodrum is ok.
“The kids will tell you that Matt never gives up on anything that he sets out to do,” said Blaine, who has been Woodrum’s teacher since kindergarten. “They knew he would cross that finish line, and they wanted to be a part of that.”

Here is the video of Matt!
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