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Feel Good Friday – Matt W.

Matt has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, but opted to run in Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School despite being given the option to sit it out and despite the incredible challenge of his disability. What transpires is a boy who is filled with determination and a school of children who spontaneously come together and inspire Matt and everyone of us to do and be better.

The children in this video have had a role model in Coach Blaine and other teachers to be encouraging, kind and selfless.  Are you making your little slice of the world a better place?

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  • Lily June 1, 2012, 4:14 am

    YAY go Matt, such a sweetheart!
    Nice work Coach Blaine!

  • lkb June 1, 2012, 4:46 am

    One of my teachers used to say that she “cried at supermarket openings,” (a saying I apply to myself often because I love a good tear jerker). While watching this, I think whole cities of Costcos opened up.

    Matt is my hero but so is Mr. Blaine. Thanks so much for posting this.

  • Niamh84 June 1, 2012, 5:01 am

    Reminds me of my mums favourite story. There was a girl a few years below me in school with Down’s Syndrome. There was a sports day when we were in primary school where her class was doing an egg and spoon race. Every time this girl dropped her egg on the grass, the whole class would stop and wait while she picked it up. No prompting from their teacher, no previous plan to let her win or anything, that’s just how they were. Helping out this girl in any way they could every single day was just what came natural to them, they were so lovely.

  • KHR June 1, 2012, 7:09 am

    Matt and Mr. Blaine are awesome. I’d write better, but I’m ugly-crying right now.

  • Puzzled June 1, 2012, 8:09 am

    I started crying well before Matt’s mom did. What a brave young man, and a fantastic group of people to encourage him like that.

  • Margaret June 1, 2012, 8:13 am

    The world IS becoming a better place!

  • Hemi June 1, 2012, 9:57 am

    Yes, I cried. Thanks for sharing, Admin. Stories like this make me have hope that the world can change. Matt is amazing and Mr. Blaine- I wish more teachers cared as he does. A true “Feel Good Friday”.

  • Stacey Frith-Smith June 1, 2012, 10:20 am

    Wow! Thank you, Admin.

  • Sara June 1, 2012, 12:20 pm

    That brought a tear to my eye- thanks for sharing. It made it even better that Worthington (where the video took place) is my home town. I’ve always been proud to be a graduate of Worthington schools; it truly is a wonderful community!

  • LilyG June 1, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Argh, I have something in my eye! Both eyes!

  • Garrett June 1, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Wow! This and Hells Bells are making me cry today. Thanks for posting a true feel-good video.

  • belly June 1, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Seeing people being so decent makes me incredibly happy, but right now I’m a runny mess! Really touching vid.

  • Tracey June 1, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Oh my….crying at work….I am so happy to see compassionate children and kudos to the teachers for being so involved. I needed that.

  • Enna June 2, 2012, 4:27 am

    Great the way Matt was supported and he was determind to finish the race.

  • StephM June 2, 2012, 11:42 am

    This happened at my cousin’s school, and you should hear her talk about it. It makes me giddy.

  • SDG31000 June 2, 2012, 12:17 pm

    I love the note saying it was ok to start crying as I was already starting to tear up at the point. Well done Matt and well done to all those kids.

  • Mysticpizza June 3, 2012, 11:33 am

    Matt is an amazing person. Not many could rise above and do what he did. And Kudos to his parents and all the people that made that happen. I do not have a “special” person like Matt, but I do have children. Tears also. GO MATT! 🙂

  • desireesgranny June 4, 2012, 8:16 am

    This was just amazing! I started crying before I knew it. Those children are wonderful and special.

  • Julia July 25, 2012, 10:16 am

    This is making me tear up at work – why am I not that brave? What is my excuse?

    Also, I hate realizing that as a kid, I was a bully at times. I hate it, I hate it, and I am doing everything in my power these days to make up for it because every kid should feel the kind of support Matt does.

    I love Feel-Good Friday, thank you so much for this.

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