June 24, 2019

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Positivity: Student with Cerebral Palsy Gets Out of Wheelchair To Walk Across Stage at Graduation

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From , via Liftable (video at link):

Published June 9, 2019 at 12:50am

Years ago, doctors informed Florida teen Jericho Burroughs that his dreams were out of bounds. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Burroughs was told that he would never succeed in school, let alone cross a stage to accept a diploma.

Since then, Burroughs has been doing everything in his power to prove them wrong.

Burroughs, 18, uses a wheelchair to move. His cerebral palsy impacts his muscles and motor ability, making standing or walking nearly impossible. However, the disability hasn’t stopped Burroughs from becoming one of the most high-achieving and popular students at Edward H. White High School.

Known for his prowess in adaptive track and field and his remarkable vocal talent, Burroughs is well-liked among his classmates.

“I won prom king,” Burroughs told WJXT. “When they called my name, I am telling you, I was literally about to fall out of the chair.”

After years of hard work and dedication, the teen was ready to receive his diploma on May 30, 2019.

When Burroughs told his mother a surprise was waiting for her at his graduation ceremony, she suspected that he was going to perform a song onstage. What she actually saw her son do that day was even more memorable.

Burroughs didn’t just earn his diploma. He stood up from his wheelchair to cross the stage on foot.

“After months and months of preparation and working very hard on my graduation day, it just so happened I walked across that stage and I went to get what I deserved, and that was my high school diploma,” Burroughs said.

“It felt liberating. I felt powerful in that moment.”

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