By Keith Uhlig
WAUSAU – Jason Lor summoned no small amount of courage to walk across the stage to collect his diploma Wednesday night at the Wausau West High School’s graduation.
Lor, 17, of Wausau was born with cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that affects body movement, muscle coordination and physical development. In Lor’s case, CP’s impact mostly affects his legs.
That means, most of the time, he uses a wheelchair. He does have the limited ability to walk, but it’s not easy. His muscular strength is limited and his movement comes with a struggle. For him, the effort of getting across the stage was full of risks.
“I kept thinking about all the bad things that might happen,” Lor said.
But as he took his first few steps, people in the crowd of about 2,000 in West’s fieldhouse started to clap. As he struggled the 20 feet or so to get his diploma, the applause grew. By the time he was handed his diploma, the crowd was standing and the ovation was like thunder.
“To say that it was inspiration is an understatement,” said Wausau West High School Principal Jeb Steckbauer. “The whole place was on their feet. … And Jason is such a good kid, and he deserves it.”