When 11-year-old Matt Woodrum decided to run the 400-meter race at his school’s field day, I’m sure he knew it’d be a struggle. You see, he has spastic cerebral palsy. But according to his mother, that was hardly a reason to deter him from achieving this or any other goal in his life.
Sure enough, as the run continued for Woodrum–but had already ended for his classmates–he was visibly exhausted. He may have been close to quitting, but we’ll never know, because an amazing thing happened next.
Watch the clip below and witness a true act of kindness.
It was tiring but it really helped when my classmates and my coach and everybody swarmed me. It was really encouraging (Matt Woodrum).
This story is amazing for three main reasons:
- It’s inspirational. Woodrum has an amazingly positive attitude even though he has a disability. Millions of people, with so much less of a handicap, use it as an excuse not to accomplish tasks or achieve goals. They place their disability in the forefront of their existence and consider it the reason for not succeeding. This young man does the opposite. Additionally, his perseverance during the run is so inspirational. You can see in the clip that he’s struggling, but he keeps on going, first alone, and then with the strength, love and support of his friends.
- It demonstrates an amazing act of kindness by Woodrum’s fifth grade Colonial Hills Elementary School buddies. Not only did they have the insight to recognize that Woodrum needed a physical and emotional boost, but they possessed the compassion and the heart to reach out to him and encourage him.
- It brings hope, at least in my eyes. With so many stories about bullying these days, it was so, so refreshing to hear this story. And it goes to show there is still so much good in this world.
PI ladies, I pray you’re strengthened by this story and the attitude of young Woodrum. And I pray this beautiful act of kindness is an inspiration to you all. I pray that you too are quick to show love and support to your peers in need.
I pray too for Woodrum. May he always possess the strength and desire to fulfill all his dreams and inspire others to do the same.
And finally, I pray for Woodrum’s classmates. May they always know the strength of love and support that they demonstrated that day. I hope they understand the significance of their actions and how they changed the attitudes of many people who watched the clip. I hope their hearts remain compassionate throughout their lives.
Ladies, did this story inspire you? Do you have a story to share that reflects an amazing act of kindness?