After my last post, venting loudly about some rude people who live in my neighborhood, some feel-good news is in order.
And I have just the story.
Before you hear the story though, you need to hear the backstory.
Since early elementary school Social Butterfly has had a schoolmate named Patrick Ivison. (He's all over the internet, so I'm not giving anything away.) In addition to attending the same elementary, middle and high schools, Patrick was in the same Cub Scout pack as Danger Boy. His mother and I know each other through volunteering at the elementary school.
Patrick is a very smart, extremely personable and funny kid. That he's quadraplegic often seems beside the point except inasmuch as it is related to the fact that both he and his mother are tremendous fighters with determination and perseverance that rises to the level of being inspirational. Then again, they're really just regular folks.
This clip from the Today Show several years ago will introduce you to Patrick and explain how he came to be in a wheelchair.
604 students walked across the stage at the Scripps Ranch High School graduation last week. Including Patrick. It was a truly amazing, transcendent experience and I think everyone in the arena will consider having been there to witness it a highlight of their lives. I know I do.
Patrick handled my asking him to let the driver load him and his wheelchair before the general bus boarding began on Grad Night with a grace that a few other kids and parents could certainly learn from. Patrick grabbed a couple of friends and was good to go.
He is headed to USC Film School in the fall and when you see his name as the director's credit on the big screen someday, remember when you first heard of him.
I really hope you click this link so you can have just a hint of what it was like to watch Patrick recieve his high school diploma--also, his all-white cap and gown ensemble is for having a 4.0 or higher GPA. He's quite a multi-talented guy.
If you'd like to learn more about Patrick's fight to walk and the technologies and fund-raising involved, his website is Help Patrick Walk.