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Teen With Cerebral Palsy, Walks for 1st Time to Receive Diploma

By Victor Trammell

A disabled student who recently graduated from Okmulgee High School in Okmulgee, Oklahoma did much more than receive his high school diploma at his May 20th  graduation ceremony this year.

According to local media source, Micah McDade, (pictured, center) accomplished an additional feat on graduation day, which is very difficult for people who are born with his severe brain disorder. He took the first steps of his life.

Micah was born with cerebral palsy, a congenital disability that impairs brain functions, muscle structure, and movement. He has spent the majority of his life going through a litany of surgical procedures, physical limitations, and countless days of therapy.

His parents, Mark and Anisa McDade have been with him through his lifelong struggle with this crippling disorder. They’ve lived through the all the trials and have heard the doctors tell them that their son will never have the ability to walk on his own.

However, this past winter, Micah recovered from some reconstructive surgery he received in August of 2015. Behind the scenes, Micah was working hard in therapy this past school year to achieve the massive task of walking for the first time in his young life.

As graduation day approached after the 2015-16 school year, Micah readied himself for the moment that would shock all of his teachers and fellow classmates. All the attendees at Okmulgee High School’s graduation at Harmon Stadium would witness this special moment.

Before receiving his diploma, Micah did the unthinkable and took his first steps ever in life. The crowd erupted with enthusiasm.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been doing this a long time – THAT is the best ever!” said platform announcer  Craig Brydges.

Micah proudly made his remarkable accomplishment and was deeply grateful for the opportunity to finally overcome the biggest obstacle of his life.

“I wasn’t nervous, but my adrenaline was pumping. I just focused on walking,” Micah told Okmulgee News. His parents cried tears of joy as Micah experienced the biggest day of his life.

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