11 Year Old Matt Woodrum With Cerebral Palsy a True Inspiration, Classmates Cheer Him On (VIDEO)



The following is the definition if courage and inspiration. When 11 year old Matt Woodrum, who has cerebral palsy, struggling through his 400 meter race at school, his physical education teacher walk over to check on the 5th grader and provide some encouragement. Then an amazing thing happened. As Matt continued to run, more and more of his school mates converged and congregated alongside him, running and cheering hims on until he completed the race. Heroic!

Must see video of Matt Woodrum and his schoolmates

John Blaine, physical education teacher: “Matt, you’re not going to stop, are you?”

Matt Woodrum: “No way.”

It was his fourth race of the day, and one he didn’t have to run. Only a handful of students opted to give it a try, said Anne Curran, Woodrum’s mother. She said her son doesn’t exclude himself from anything, playing football and baseball with friends and his two brothers.

“He pushes through everything. He pushes through the pain, and he pushes through however long it may take to complete a task,” she said. “He wants to go big or go home.”

The sometimes shaky footage shows Woodrum beginning the race on a steady pace with his classmates, though he quickly lags. As several students pass him on their second lap around the grassy course, Blaine walks over to make sure Woodrum is OK.

“The kids will tell you that Matt never gives up on anything that he sets out to do,” said Blaine, who has been Woodrum’s teacher since kindergarten. “They knew he would cross that finish line, and they wanted to be a part of that.”

Matt thru his viral YouTube video has shown many, don’t ever give up or not try something just because it doesn’t feel good or you are scared.

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “11 Year Old Matt Woodrum With Cerebral Palsy a True Inspiration, Classmates Cheer Him On (VIDEO)”

    1. joetote on June 3rd, 2012 2:47 pm

      Six or seven months ago I came across the story of Josh Ripley (quick snippet below and I include it so as to bolster my following remarks.):

      “When 16 year old Josh Ripley came around a corner during a 5K cross country meet and saw a freshman leaning against a fence bleeding, he didn’t think about the race.
      He thought about getting him medical attention:

      “I had heard this scream, and as I rounded a corner, he came into view,” Josh said. “He was against a fence holding his ankle, and it was bleeding pretty badly.
      “I picked him up and ran with him in my arms. I asked if I could say a prayer for him, and he said that was fine. And I just tried to reassure him that everything would be OK.”

      It was quite a sight when the two runners finally rounded into the view of their coaches. There was the 6-foot-5, 185 pound Josh, from Andover High School, cradling the 5-foot-5, 100 pound Mark, a freshman at Lakeville South H.S., in his arms.

      Let me add Matt as well as his P.E. teacher John Blaine to my persoanl list of heroes as I did Josh and let me also add Matt’s classmates! This is heroship at it’s best. This is love of your fellow man. People like Matt and Mr. Blaine (luckily for me and my wife) are the kind of people my kids and grandkids look up to as heroes as should we all. And in Matt the ultimate will to succeed no matter what the circumstances! This is what America is about!

      With kids and teachers like this still out there, there is still a good chance we can reverse the slide this country is in, especially morality and lack of responsibility wise. There are future leaders out there and the good is coming out!
      SM: Nice story and agreed.


    2. kitt on June 3rd, 2012 9:11 pm

      This story is so moving! Having a sister with CP and participating with many kids that had ‘opportunities’ ~ they taught ME so much! There are NO limits to love and this brought tears to my eyes! I love reading the comment above and I have to agree =
      Very inspiring!

    3. barbreee on June 3rd, 2012 10:05 pm

      Great story. We know there is plenty of goodness in the world, not enough reporting of it. But true goodness is done for goodness sake.

    4. L Lane on June 4th, 2012 8:30 pm

      Anyone know how to get in touch with this inspiring young man?

      I’m going to use this video with my students for character education, and I thought it would be nice to write letters to Matt applauding his courageous spirit & determination…

      Any help would be appreciated!

    5. erock on August 27th, 2012 5:33 pm

      A FUNDRAISER has been set up for this inspiring young man. Check him out and donate to him at the link below.


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