Pope Blesses Kids With Special Needs

By the Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Keating, age 10, has had more than his share to bear.

Born prematurely, the Berks County boy has cerebral palsy. He can’t use his arms or legs. He suffers from seizures, and his brain cannot process what he sees or hears. He has intellectual disabilities. Last year, he had spinal fusion surgery, and in August, doctors replaced his hips. More surgeries are likely.

Yet for all that, Michael’s family says he knows joy. He loves music, he loves Shiloh, his black Lab. And he especially loves kisses, lots of kisses.
Saturday, Michael received a kiss, a gift, that by now has welled up tears around the world, a story told and retold:

How Pope Francis stopped the car that was whisking him off the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport, walked up to a boy in a wheelchair to bless him, and gently placed a kiss on his forehead.

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Over 1,200 Students, Staff Surprise High School Special-Ed Graduate With Epic Sendoff

By Avianne Tan

Kyle Boule, a special-ed program graduate of Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, was given an epic, sweet sendoff by over 1,200 students and staff.

Video of the the sendoff, fittingly set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” shows Kyle wheeling down the school’s hallways lined with students on both sides clapping and cheering for the graduate. He also has an entourage following behind him made up of his friends and staff from the school’s special-ed program.

The sendoff this past Wednesday was doubly special for Kyle because it also happened to be his 21st birthday, according to his mother, Lisa Boule.

“The whole thing was a complete surprise for me, and it just really touched my heart,” Lisa, 46, told ABC News. “I got a text at work from one of his friends about it, and I left on whim because it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing for Kyle.”

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Family Completes 3k Mile Run Pushing Son with Cerebral Palsy the Entire Way

By Cox Media Group

Sixty days and more than 3,000 miles later, a New York family has completed its cross-country trek.

Shaun Evans and his family have run from Seattle, Washington to Orchard Beach, New York, WTEN reported.

The inspiring part, though, is not the run itself, but the fact that he pushed his 9-year-old son Shamus the entire way during their “Power to Push,” Runner’s World reported.

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