His parents were told he probably wouldn’t live to age four or five. On Friday, after 20+ years primarily confined to a wheel chair, Andy Weaver walked into the Raymond J. Nunamaker Gymnasium in Nazareth during the HS Pep Rally to a standing ovation.
I’ve known Andy for more than twelve years, and he didn’t have to walk to be an inspiration. His spirit is inspiring. So too we now see is his desire, perseverance, and ability to overcome the obstacles and challenges of life.
In September, Andy had sent an email out announcing that he had walked 200 feet, his longest ever, in therapy. He also wrote,
“I THINK IT WOULD BE SO MUCH OF A INSPIRATION IF I WALK IN THE PEP RALLY WITH THE WALKER INTO THE PEP RALLY! MY THERAPIST STARTED IN TEARS WHEN I SAID THAT! EVEN DIANA. I WANT TO BE INSPIRATION TO PEOPLE!”
There’s not much more I can say, the video pretty much says it all. Congratulations to Andy and I can’t wait to see what you do next.
You can read a post about it with his complete email here.
To learn more about Andy, you can read this post about his desire to work.