VIRAL VIDEO: 11-Year-Old Boy With Cerebral Palsy Finishes School Race With Help From Classmates and Coach; He Speaks Out on Fox and Friends
An 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy got a final burst of energy to finish a school race, thanks in part to many cheers and encouragement from his classmates and gym teacher. The incredibly inspirational video, recorded by the boy’s mother, hit the Internet and immediately went viral.
Today, the young runner Matt Woodrum, his mother, Anne Curran, and his coach John Blaine shared this amazing story with Fox and Friends.
During the field day race, Coach Blaine knew that Matt faced a bit of an uphill battle during one section of the race that would produce some pain in his legs, so he walked beside him during that stretch. Blaine didn't doubt Matt's will to finish, saying, “I know Matt well, and there’s no stopping him.”
Woodrum said, “It was really hard to run, but [Coach Blaine] walked with me and so did everyone else, that helped me get through the rest of the race.” He described to Brian Kilmeade how surprised and happy he was when his classmates gathered behind him to cheer him on as he finished.
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Woodrum talked about what inspired him, saying, “I just like to run a lot and just because I have cerebral palsy doesn’t mean I can’t run anything,” Woodrum said. “So, I really just wanted to run that race.”
Curran, who posted the video to the web mainly for family, explained how surprised she was that this video went viral so fast. “It’s been overwhelming, but in a good way,” she said. “We are just so thankful that we could share this story and we’re loving the stories that are coming in to us that it’s actually touching people’s lives.”
Watch the video for the full interview.