WATCH: Student With Cerebral Palsy Walks For First Time To Receive Diploma
Micah McDade and his loved ones will always remember his first walk.Advertisement
Suffering from cerebral palsy since birth, McDade chose the perfect day to walk for the first time in his life – the day he received his diploma from Okmulgee High School, Oklahoma.
McDade underwent hours of strenuous physical therapy in order to fulfill his dream of walking on his graduation day. To achieve this, he needed to release tension from his legs. He underwent muscle reconstructive surgery on August 2015 which helped him accomplish his goal.
He was in his wheelchair when he arrived at the stage, but he stepped out and walked across, assisted, displaying the results of his hard work, FOX News reports. As he stood on his feet, the crowd erupted in an overwhelming emotion of joy and appreciation. His parents, Mark and Anisa McDade, applauded from the crowd, crying tears of happiness.
“I just wanted to walk across the stage and get my diploma instead of being on stage in my chair,” McDade said.
The moment was captured in a video and shared on social media; and has been viewed as many as 450,000 times on Facebook.
“Okmulgee graduate Micah McDade made more than a victory walk across the stage tonight during his high school graduation at Harmon Stadium. After working for months and unbeknownst to his classmates, he stepped out of his wheelchair and took his first walk across the stage to accept his diploma as the crowd cheered him on. Congratulations Micah!!” the Facebook post said.
“We had never seen him actually stand up,” Alecia Brooks, his sister, said, as by Huffington Post. “All his therapy was at school or his physical therapist. I was never there because I was at school or something.”
The graduation ceremony announcer was in awe of McDade’s achievement. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been doing this a long time,” the announcer said on the loud speaker. “But that is the best ever!”
McDade said he was extremely proud of his first walk on his graduation day. “I wasn’t nervous, but my adrenaline was pumping. I just focused on walking,” McDade said, as reported by Okmulgee News Network.