Matt W: Never give up. Never, never, never. (Video)

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More than anything else, Matt wanted to run in his school’s Field Day race last week. Unfortunately, Matt has spastic cerebral palsy, a difficult disorder that makes moving, especially running, very hard for him. But Matt decided to run anyway, and what happened next is unbearably beautiful.

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  • ariel

    it was so gorgeous the faith matt had in himself that gave the other kids faith in him xD i cried hard lol damn onions lol

  • rjvet

    Little dude, you have one of the most courageous hearts I've ever seen in my life. Thanks Chive, for showing the non-sucky bits of life.

  • Carlos

    Awesome job Matt!

  • Bret

    I am a 50 year old truck driver in alberta and that brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for re-affirming my faith in humanity and the futre.

  • the one

    Work with cerebral palsy patients all the time…its a disorder that really tries to put a limit on who you are inside..Matt didn't let it. Way to go!!!! EPIC WIN!!!!

  • 'berto

    The 3-minute mark got me crying–the whole class behind him, cheering him on. When I was that age, most of the kids in my school probably would have been laughing at him, making jokes, etc. I love how kids are so supportive of others. Great post, keep 'em coming.

  • Landlubber

    Downvote me all you like but you ALL know this is true:

    The same group-think mentality that it took for those kids to gather around Matt is the same exact brain functioning that will cause them to bully or traumatize other kids later on. The fact that this kid has a considerably significant disability causes them to think they're being noble by cheering him on. Take someone with a less obvious disability or difference and those same kids will shun him because there isn't an opportunity to look like they're good people by backing him. It's only when someone is completely fucked beyond repair that they rally behind him, and it's so they can feel like they did something noble. It's pandering and it's bullshit.

    When they think about it later, they'll get goosebumps. But it won't be because they are thinking about what a great moment it was for Matt, they'll be thinking of how noble they were to do such a selfless thing and how everyone must've looked upon them that day as good people. They'll frame it in their minds as a great thing that THEY did, not him.

    Fuck you people, you absolutely know this is true, but you're offended because you've had these same feelings before, or even done something like this before and are now realizing the goosebumps you got on your arms when you think back on it was because you were celebrating yourself instead of the person who deserved it.

    Every thumbs down I get is by a person who doesn't want to face that truth.

    It doesn't impress me one bit. What Matt did impresses me.

    • VVanker

      Why so defensive? And how can you know that I will be offended?
      Actually I think, you're kind'a cute…

      Ps and fuck you too

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  • Ian

    My faith in the future of humanity was just restored.

  • bjizzle

    this is y i love this site..watching the video knowing he would complete the run i still found myself enthusiastically cheering matt on…GREAT post chive

  • Tanya

    Damn it.. this made me cry.. and I almost choked on my clam chowder. Ahh.. fail in humanity restored.

    • Tanya

      And by fail i meant faith..

  • jerryo

    i can't cut onions while surfing the chive! faith in today's youth. restored. well done young man, well done.

  • ThaDude4

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  • Justice

    God bless you Chive! I love when you mix in these heart warming vids with the other fun stuff. You are special.

  • Josh Miller

    Super Rad

  • Captain Sweatpants

    Reblogged this on In-debt, Fat, Short with Bad Teeth and commented:
    Had to share this… serves me right for complaining about a bit of writers block and damn ex’s. Let’s go Matt, lets go!

  • winsquared

    I was listening to the song 'July Morning' by Uriah Heap while watching this. Un. Be. Lievably awesome.

  • @FoulMouthMedic

    Maybe today's youth aren't a bunch of self centered shit bags after all.

  • kevin

    damn dusty room…. go Matt!

  • Aaron

    Faith in humanity restored.

  • jtrill

    I'm a semester away from student teaching, I can only hope I one day have an opportunity to teach kids with a demeanor like this. Awesome!

  • M.D.

    Made me bawl in the middle of starbucks! Matt rocks!!

  • Luis Pedro Gonçalves

    Just had to make up a idiot excuse for starting to cry in a boring meeting ,
    Never give up Matt

  • Rybo

    Eyes… sweating…

  • Reuben

    Boy it is dusty in here

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