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Wheelchair-using student walks at graduation ceremony

Wheelchair-Bound Student Walks at Graduation Ceremony

RICHMOND, Va. – There was not a dry eye in the house. That was the report from people who attended Glen Allen High School's graduation ceremonies this week at the VCU Siegel Center.

When wheelchair-using student, Jim New, was a freshman at Glen Allen High School, his mother said he made it his goal to one day walk across the stage to receive his diploma during his high school graduation ceremony. Four years later Jim, who was born with cerebral palsy, did just that.

One person who attended the graduation said the crowd got as loud as VCU basketball fans during a game.

The arena filled with a thunderous applause and classmates, parents and guests rose to their feet to recognize the student's achievements.

Jim's mother, Carol New, said that her son increased his therapy sessions in the weeks leading up to graduation in an effort to achieve his goal. She said that Jim was worried he would delay the ceremony too long with his walk, but added he was pleased with the support he received from students and school staff who helped make the moment possible.

Carol said that the Glen Allen High School staff and Jim's classmates helped create a community that Jim was proud to be a part of. She said that it gave her son a chance to be seen.

Carol went on to say that children with special needs are like everyone else in that they, too, have dreams and goal. She thanked Glen Allen High School for helping to make her son's dreams and goals come true.

Jim will attend Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center for vocational training. He hopes to one day be a teacher or have a job in radio.

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markfarrell40 June 16 2014 at 7:34 AM

What a wonderful young man. God's speed Jim. You are a great example of determination

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lorismomoftwo June 16 2014 at 5:29 AM

Way to go Jim!!!!

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badtothebone9669 June 16 2014 at 5:54 AM

What an accomplishment! Congratulations!

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Barb and Russ June 16 2014 at 9:05 AM

Hey Jim New - YOU ARE THE MAN, YOU ARE THE MAN!! We can only imagine how difficult this was for you and how important it was to you. You did it. Applause!

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rockymtnhikerCo June 16 2014 at 8:14 AM

Jim (k)New he would walk and you did it son,good for you congratulations for beating overwhelming odds,and getting your diploma.You are an a true inspiration to us all,at least you are to me.You got this far,so please don't give up

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foxx1952 June 16 2014 at 6:10 AM

This Young Man is a Winner,This is a true pitcher of a Hero .

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Vince Mills June 16 2014 at 9:11 AM


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Vic June 16 2014 at 8:46 AM

I love these stories. Let's hope he stays healthy enough to meet all is goals.

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Janet June 16 2014 at 3:57 PM

We are pleased to be a small part of Jim's success. My husband and I founded the company, designed and manufactured the walker that Jim used to walk across the stage. Kaye Products, Inc. is in Hillsborough, NC and today, ships walkers all around the world. Jim joins the many children with cerebral palsy who with appropriate support are part of the walking world. Congratulations, Jim. Boogy on!

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Bill June 16 2014 at 1:32 PM

Good story..................

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