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Homecoming King With Cerebral Palsy Takes First Steps


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When his school rallied to vote him homecoming king this past weekend, a Florida high school senior with cerebral palsy responded with a surprise of his own. He took his very first steps in public.

Hakam Daley has always relied on a wheelchair and just making his way through the halls of St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. is a struggle.

When it came time for homecoming, Daley’s friend Kayla Donohue wanted to give him a special experience. Donohue, who is a cheerleader at the school, secretly lobbied her classmates to nominate Daley for homecoming court.

On Friday when he was named part of the court, Daley surprised everyone when he stood up with the help of his caregivers to take his place alongside the most popular kids at school.

“When I heard the message, I had no words to describe,” Daley told CNN. “I was so happy.”

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  1. Linda Roach says:

    This is a very heartwarming story and his classmates are to be commemorated for making this young man feel so special. I have a son with moderate cerebral palsy and mild mental retardation. He graduated from High School and it was such a thrill to see him walk across the stage with his classmates. All he wants in life is to have a girlfriend that will care for him.

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