Overcoming Adversity: A Girl's College Dream

Overcoming Adversity: A Girl's College Dream

By Amanda Wu

It is 80 days before the national college entrance exam. Wang Jingdan, 18, who has cerebral palsy, is fighting for her dream to attend college with the help of her mother who quit her job and accompanies her to school each day, as she has done for the past five years.

“Apart from studying, my favorite thing is basketball, especially NBA star Tracy McGrady. I appreciate the sportsmanship,” said Wang who lives in Meishan City in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Wang was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a congenital disorder which affects the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture, when she was born. Her father, a physician, and her mother, a nurse, took her to see doctors, but they were offered very little hope.

Thereupon, little Wang started out on the hard task of rehabilitation training. She was tied onto an iron support to practice walking for several hours under the supervision of her mother, Huang Lipeng. “Regardless of the weather, I urged her to practice even if she didn’t want to,” said Huang.

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