Boy with cerebral palsy runs 400m at school event inspires competitors to cheer him on
“He doesn’t dwell on his condition.” – Ann Curran.
YouTube video by MidwestCurrans
11-year-old Matt Woodrum, has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, but opted to run in Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio. Despite being given the option to sit it out and despite the incredible challenge of his disability, Matt determined to run the 400-meter race. What transpires is a boy who is filled with determination and a school of children who spontaneously come together and inspire Matt and every one of us to do and be better.
As he told Associated Press, “I knew I would finish it, but there were a couple of parts of the race where I really felt like giving up.”
His mother, Anne Curran, said he doesn’t exclude himself from anything, playing football and baseball with friends and his two brothers. He doesn’t dwell on his condition. “He’s been a fighter since day one, and I didn’t expect anything less.”
The video has more than a million hits on YouTube since it was posted on May 27 by her mother.