By ABC 7 News
Bailey Matthews, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy competing in a triathlon, had already earned the crowd’s cheers as he neared the finish line. Then he cast aside his walker.
In a emotional final stretch of the Castle Howard Triathlon in England, the little boy smiled as he pushed himself forward, let go of his walker and stumbled across the finish line. The announcer gave a running commentary as hundreds of spectators cheered on Bailey.
“He shows us all up, ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer said. “He shows us what is possible when you get together, and you’ve got heart, and you’ve got soul, and you’ve got determination. And you’re gonna make it to the finish line, Bailey Matthews.”
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A dream came true today for a little boy who always wanted to be a police officer.
The highlight of the day for 13-year-old Angelo Butler was when he attended roll call at the Jefferson Park police station and got his very own junior police star.
He suffers from cerebral palsy, but always knew he wanted to be one of Chicago’s finest.
Angelo’s grandmother Christina Butler says she thinks this was the happiest day of her grandson’s life.
“It’s just an opportunity to see that kids like Angelo have dreams and even if they’ll never achieve them, they’ve got a taste of what it would be like and he’s an officer for a day,” she said. “He’ll be officer Butler for the rest of his life. Can’t take that away from him.”
Grandma Butler and Alderman Nicholas Sposato of the 38th Ward, helped make Angelos’ dream come true.
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By Felicity Thistlewaite
Emily Prior, 8, has made her first foray into modelling – despite being disabled.
The youngster was born three months early and her parents Jen and Luke Prior – now 40 and 43 – were told she was unlikely to survive the night.
She pulled through but medics in Perth, Australia, warned her family she may not be able to walk.
Brave Emily soldiered on, determined not to let her disability get to her, and took her first independent steps earlier this year.
Just months later she was signed up to a modelling agency.
She was prompted to become a model after flicking through a catalogue with her mother and asking: “Mummy, why are none of the models in here disabled like me?”
Speaking about her brave daughter, her mother Jen said: “I never tire of seeing Emily walk. At the moment, she can walk about 500m without the aid of her sticks, but she’s getting stronger all the time.
“I always kept hope but I never really thought walking would be possible for her. I have to pinch myself when I think about how far she’s exceeded anything we could have imagined.”
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