Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rising to the occasion
17 years after being run over by a car, a San Diego teenager fulfills a promise he made to himself and walks across the stage at his high school graduation. Patrick "Don't call me Allen" Ivison underwent six hours of physical therapy every day for the last three years to make it happen...
After his name was announced, Ivison – with the help of his trainer and custom walker – stood up and walked.
As he walked across the stage to his awaiting diploma, the crowd rose to their feet and encouraged him every step of the way. Ivison's service dog followed closely behind and received an award shortly after.
What a terrific story. And I think it's great that they honored his dog with an award, too. I'm sure he would have went home feeling slighted otherwise.
Student Makes Promise To Walk At Graduation - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego