Won’t He Do It! Cerebral Palsy Student Walks For First Time At Graduation

Go ahead and grab some tissue right now, you’re going to need to it watching this heartwarming story.

Micah McDade, a senior at Okmulgee High School who was born with cerebral palsy, decided it wasn’t enough for him to just receive his diploma – he wanted to get up out of his wheelchair and physically walk across the stage.

Okmulgee graduate Micah McDade made more than a victory walk across the stage 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.

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Micah has had cerebral palsy since birth. He has had countless surgeries and much rehabilitation, and has been working his whole life to be able to walk. And recently, he has been working in secret in order to make this walk happen on his big day.

micah mcdadeCerebral palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary between people. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking. Often babies with cerebral palsy do not roll over, sit, crawl, or walk as early as other children their age.

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Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. Most often the problems occur during pregnancy; however, they may also occur during childbirth, or shortly after birth. Risk factors include preterm birth, being a twin, certain infections during pregnancy such as toxoplasmosis or rubella, exposure to methylmercury during pregnancy, a difficult delivery, and head trauma during the first few years of life, among others.

There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy.

McDade’s classmates, who had never seen him get out of his chair, were not aware of what he had planned.
When his name was called,…