Nate Watson: 5th grader with cerebral palsy walks 500 miles, sets record

At a Wyoming elementary school, teachers and students rallied to support a boy with a disability that affects his legs, but not his spirit.

Fifth-grade student Nate Watson walked his 500th mile at Sagebrush Elementary School, the most any student has walked since the school began a walking at recess program.

Teachers and classmates cheered for Nate as he reached the milestone that began during his kindergarten year.

"It's cool that everyone is out here," Nate said.

The boy was born with cerebral palsy, and doctors told his parents he would be confined to a wheelchair by age 12. Nate proved them wrong.

"Here he is, he's still getting around, and he just got the crutches this year," Nate's mother, Dara, said.

Walking improves Nate's condition by strengthening his leg muscles.

"He loves to do it. It's his favorite thing to do -- to get out and walk," said Dara.

Since it takes four laps around the playground to reach one mile, that means Nate has walked around the playground 2,000 times over the past seven years.

Linda Gifford was Nate's teacher during his first year at the school. She says he couldn't climb the slide or swing at recess, so he started to walk laps.

"Every time he would do one lap at the beginning he would fall 10 times. He would get back up, brush himself off and start again," said Gifford.

Gifford says Nate's drive inspires teachers and students alike.

"He's a hero...for the whole school," said Gifford.

Courtesy: CNN Newsource


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