An 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy got a final burst of energy to finish a school race, thanks in part to many cheers and encouragement from his classmates and gym teacher. The incredibly inspirational video, recorded by the boy’s mother, hit the Internet and immediately went viral.
Today, the young runner Matt Woodrum, his mother, Anne Curran, and his coach John Blaine shared this amazing story:
During the field day race, Coach Blaine knew that Matt faced a bit of an uphill battle during one section of the race that would produce some pain in his legs, so he walked beside him during that stretch. Blaine didn’t doubt Matt’s will to finish, saying, “I know Matt well, and there’s no stopping him.”
Woodrum said, “It was really hard to run, but [Coach Blaine] walked with me and so did everyone else, that helped me get through the rest of the race.” He described to Brian Kilmeade how surprised and happy he was when his classmates gathered behind him to cheer him on as he finished.