A high schooler with cerebral palsy shocks classmates by walking for the first time

By Rose Minutaglio
Updated May 23, 2016 03:50 PM
Credit: Source: Okmulgee News Network

It’s a walk Micah McDade will always remember.

The recent Okmulgee High School grad, who was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, practiced for months so that he could walk across the graduation stage in front of his senior class.

When McDade’s name was called at the commencement ceremony on May 20, he wheeled himself up to the podium and slowly stood up from his wheelchair.

The surprised Okmulgee, Oklahoma, crowd immediately broke out into a standing ovation as he accepted his diploma with a determined face.

With the help of a walker, McDade made his way across the stage while his classmates cheered him on.

McDade’s proud parent’s, Mark and Anisa McDade, cried tears of joy as they watched their son walk for the first time.

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After settling back into his wheelchair, the graduation ceremony announcer recognized the heartwarming moment on the loud speaker.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been doing this a long time. But that is the best ever!”