Children Cheer As Classmate With Cerebral Palsy Crosses 400-Meter Finish Line


UPDATED: Thursday May 31, 2012 6:39 PM

One child’s story of triumph at his elementary school’s field day has gone viral, garnering more than 50,000 views by Thursday.

Matt Woodrum, a fifth-grader at Worthington Colonial Hills Elementary School, took on the 400-meter race despite the option to sit out.

Woodrum, who has cerebral palsy, can be seen on a Youtube video fighting to complete the second lap of the race with his gym teacher by his side.

Soon, dozens of classmates are seen rushing to the boy’s side cheering, “Let’s go Matt, let’s go.”

The children, gathered in a mass of support behind Woodrum, follow him as he pushed through to the finish line, completing the race in under four minutes.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Principal Henk DeRee told The Columbus Dispatch.

Woodrum’s gym teacher, John Blaine, told the newspaper that the race was not about winning, but about trying.

“Just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean you can’t try,” Woodrum told the newspaper.

The video reached audiences internationally, with comments from viewers as far away as Pakistan.

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