5th grader with cerebral palsy walks recording-breaking 500 miles

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At a Wyoming elementary school, teachers and students rallied to support a boy with a disability that affects his legs, but not his spirit.

Fifth grade student Nate Watson walked his 500th mile at Sagebrush Elementary School — it’s the most any student has walked since the school began its Walking at Recess program

Teachers and classmates cheered for Nate as he reached the milestone that began during his kindergarten year.disabled-boy-sets-walking-record

“It’s cool that everyone is out here,” Nate said.

Nate was born with cerebral palsy. Doctors told his parents he would be confined to a wheelchair by age twelve. Nate proved them wrong.

“Here he is, and he’s still getting around, and he just got the crutches this year,” said Nate’s mom Dara.

Walking improves Nate’s condition by strengthening his leg muscles.

Linda Gifford, who was Nate’s teacher during his first year at the school, said he couldn’t climb the slide or swing at recess, so he started to walk laps.

“Every time he would do one lap at the beginning he would fall ten times, and get back up, brush himself off and start again. never complained one time,” she said. “He’s a hero…for the whole school.”

Nate’s prize for the milestone? A summer pass to a local pool.

Story courtesy CNN Newsource 

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