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June 1st, 2012
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Viral video of kids cheering disabled classmate in field day race inspires thousands – Matt Woodrum reacts to the overwhelming response

Something special happened during field day at Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio.

Matt Woodrum, an 11-year-old student, ran the 400 meter race even though he has cerebral palsy. It wasn't easy for him but he got some help from his classmates who spontaneously broke into cheers, encouraging Matt across the finish line. The video of Matt and his classmates was shot by Matt's mom and has since gone viral.

Matt Woodrum, his mom Anne Curran and coach John Blaine talk with Zoraida this morning on "Early Start" to react to the response the video has received.


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  1. Anggun

    Obviously, you don't understand my artegunms because what you just posted does not come close to representing me. The reason WHY I dispise Social Security is because people who make more than $100,000 per year do not pay their fair share. The tax caps at somewhere around $110,000. That means a person who makes $5 million a year pays in the exact same amount as someone who makes $100,000, and we wonder why the system is financially unsustainable. Can you get your thick head around this concept? It is a liberal argument, and I guess I always thought your were a liberal. If social security were truly a social program (read, welfare), I would support it.Unemployment is a similar concept. The national cap on unemployment taxes is a wage of $7,000 a year. That means that the people who make, say, $100,000 a year do not have any more money going into the system than someone who makes, say, $20,000 a year, but yet they receive a disproportionate advantage when it comes to receiving benefits. This is absurd. This is, again, a liberal argument against a status quo that is unprecedented in any industry in America. When it comes to insurance, you get benefits based on the premium you pay. When it comes to American socialism, the lower class has to bear the burden of taxation. Again, if this was a true social program, I wouldn't be so much against it.Your accusation of my support of trickle-down economics (more aptly named supply-side economics) is absurd. I have openly advocated here in support of tax cuts for the lower class and huge tax increases for the upper class. Even my artegunms against Social Security and unemployment fully support this. It's not my fault your reading comprehension sucks. I'm in support of paying bonuses to people who deserve them, and I'm in support of honoring contractual obligations. Finally, there is no hard science behind your ascertation linking global warming with mankind. I am a liberal when it comes to environmentalism, and the largest harm to my cause are radicals like you who tarnish the reputation of all environmentalists.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  2. Sarah Kisaka

    Congratulations to Matt and his parents for loving Matt that much and allowing him the chance to live like other children but most of all for the opportunity to believe in himself. This aspect comes from exceptional parenting and spills over to the children – whose brains soak and sieve relevant aspects to carry on.

    I got to learn about your story from Timothy's pediatrician – Dr.Anthony James. Timothy is 5 years old and he suffers the same challenges you do, Matt. Although Tim suffered massive brain injury, his resilience, determination and abilities continue to amaze all who know him from birth to-date. Your video reminded me about another child (girl) ABC News aired who did not walk but one day she began to walk and the school she attended had a big fight with the mother who wanted the school to allow her to walk as much as she could but the school was more concerned with her safety.

    Watching your video inspired me more to go beyond what I have so far done for my son. My first inspiration has been the inscription at Kennedy Krieger Institute which states that "every child is born with potential, help them achieve it". Surely, Matt you have shown and proven to many people who have seen your video that that potential can be where "people" least expect it. Your resilience and determination is amazing and hearing your story inspired me even more to encourage Tim, and get him involved in as much activities as he decides to join. Looking critically at your case, a child is a child and children do have interests and when they show that, we should give them the opportunity.

    I thank you Matt for speaking up for yourself, your teachers/coach for allowing you the chance to be like your classmates and for your classmates; THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT. Special gratitude to your parents who have shown you love and supported you – video taped your field day and shared with the world to learn something about children with special needs as well as to appreciate what we have but do not value it as important.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  3. Jennifer Jones

    My Favorite pice to date!! Matt is just a boy of few words.... very shy indeed!!! But clearly a stong and inspiring boy!!! Colonial Hills Loves You all Anne, Matt & Mr. Blaine!!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply

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