Matt Woodrum is an 11 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Although he was given the option to sit out during his school’s Field Day, he chose to compete in the 400-meter race. Despite his disability he completed the two laps around the track in under 5 minutes, and in the process inspired not just his classmates, but everyone else who has been touched by his story.
As Matt tires partway through, his gym teacher joins his side to encourage the 5th grader to continue. Inspired by his strength, fellow classmates begin to jog behind him with cheers – even abandoning their own activities to be there with him as he crosses the finish line. The best part of the entire thing? No one knew it was being filmed, besides the boy’s mom who was behind the camera!
Stories like this warm my heart – children can be wonderful reminders of how, when we stop focusing on self, we discover our natural instincts are actually to love and support each other.