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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cerebral Palsy Inspirational Run: Matt Woodrum Cheered on by Family and Classmates - YouTube

Cerebral Palsy Inspirational Run: Matt Woodrum Cheered on by Family and Classmates - YouTube.

When John Blaine realized 11-year-old Matt Woodrum was struggling through his 400-meter race at school in central Ohio, the physical education teacher felt compelled to walk over and check on the boy.

"Matt, you're not going to stop, are you?" he encouragingly asked Woodrum, who has cerebral palsy.

"No way," said the panting, yet determined, fifth-grader.

Almost spontaneously, dozens of Woodrum's classmates — many who had participated earlier in the school's field day — converged alongside him, running and cheering on Woodrum as he completed his final lap under the hot sun.

The race on May 16, captured on video by Woodrum's mother, is now capturing the attention of strangers on the Internet, many who call the boy and his classmates an inspiration to be more compassionate toward each other. A nearly five-minute YouTube video posted this week by the boy's uncle has received more than 680,000 views.

Woodrum, who has spastic cerebral palsy that greatly affects his muscle movement, said he had a few moments where he struggled.

"I knew I would finish it," said the soft-spoken Woodrum, who attends Colonial Hills Elementary School in suburban Worthington. "But there were a couple of parts of the race where I really felt like giving up."

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  1. Aww that's amazing! We have a guy that comes in that has CP and he is so positive. It's inspiring!

  2. It puts life in perspective for you because if they aren't quitting why should we. I saw the story on ESPN and had to share it as soon as I found it. I love that his classmates cheered him on and ran with him encouraging him to keep going and not quit.


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