For More Inspiration - http://www.GordonAttard.com 11 year old Matt Woodrum with Spastic Cerebral Palsy ran 400 meters and inspire his school mates and their...
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Matt Woodrum is an eleven year old boy with the disease Spastic Cerebral Palsy. he was diagnosed with this at birth when he and his twin brother were born earlier than their due date. This was a problem and the doctors faced it with giving the option of putting Matt to rest. His parents quickly responded with a "no". As Matt grew older he finally decided to show that handicap people are just as capable of performing every day tasks or events that those without disabilities can perform. The way that Matt wanted to show that his disease was only an obstacle that was needed to be faced head on. What Matt wanted to do is trying to accomplish the track and field event called the 400 meter race. Matt's physical education teacher had some doubts but decided to allow Matt to participate. Matt's disease makes it hard for him because it is hard to control the left side of his body. This affects his overall performance when he walks and when he runs. Throughout the race Matt had had some doubtful moments himself but with cheer from his peers he pedaled through it.
This story relates to our past units. I believe that Matt's story relates to inclusion and the fifth commandment. Firstly, I believe that this story relates to the inclusion because he had the chance to be involved in the 400 meter event. The person that allowed him to do it was his teacher. His teacher hesitated, but at the end of some serious thinking he decided that Matt would be able to compete. This relates to inclusion because Matt's disease was very hard on him when it came to running but that did not stop Matt nor his teacher. Secondly, i ave come to believe that Matt's story relates to the fifth commandment because when the doctor that helped deliver Matt gave the option of killing him, his parents said no. This relates to the fifth commandment because his parents did not choose to have him disposed of.
I believe that we can all learn something from Matt's story. The first thing i believe that we can all learn from Matt's story is decision making. We can learn that the right decision is not doing bad or going against God's will. We need to go through thee decision making steps that follow our faith. We can also learn that life is a journey that has its obstacles which are meant to be overcome. We can all also learn that we are capable of overcoming even the most challenging challenges. Lastly, we all can now understand why it is important to include everyone and anyone in everyday activities. This is why my classmates should watch this again.