Classmates and teachers turned out to rally behind a fifth-grader in Sheridan, Wyoming who suffers from a disability that affects his legs but not his spirit.
Nate Watson ended his 500 mile walk to cheers at Sagebrush Elementary School, reaching a milestone he began during kindergarten.
Nate was born with cerebral palsy and doctor’s told his parents that he would be in a wheelchair by the time he was 12.
But Nate proved them wrong.
“Here he is, and he’s still getting around, and he just got the crutches this year,” Nate’s mother Dara Watson told TV station KULR.
Not only does Nate love walking, but it improves his condition by strengthening his leg muscles, his mother said.
“It’s his favorite thing to do is to get out and walk,” Watson said.
Four laps around the playground is equal to one mile, meaning Nate has circled the playground 2000 times in the past seven years.
At first physical activity was tough for Nate, but he never gave up.
“Every time he would do one lap at the beginning he would fall ten times, and get back up, brush himself off and start again,” teacher Linda Gifford told the station.