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OKMULGEE, Okla. – It was a moment that grasped at heartstrings across the country.
“I wasn’t nervous at all. I was all right,” Micah McDade told KJRH.
McDade, like his fellow graduates at Okmulgee High School, gathered at Harmon Stadium on Friday night for their commencement ceremony.
However, McDade did something none of his classmates suspected.
“I just wanted to walk across the stage and get my diploma instead of being on stage in my chair,” he said.
McDade, who was born with cerebral palsy, had been confined to a wheelchair all of his life.
But he had bigger plans for Friday.
He spent the next two years going through hours of physical therapy and even undergoing surgery to release tension in his legs.
On Friday, he surprised everyone.
His family, friends and fellow classmates erupted into cheers as he made his way across the stage with only the help of a walker.
“Just kept on pushing myself, you know what I’m saying. I’m not a quitter. I never give up. I’ve got the eye of the tiger,” McDade said.