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Wheelchair Confined Graduate Walks Across Stage For Diploma


In April, I emceed a “Walk-‘N-Roll” fundraiser event for the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern N.Y., so when I saw this story, I had to blog about it. This one actually made me feel very happy when I read about it. Some information about Spina is that every hour, 24 hours a day, somewhere in the United States, a baby is born with Spina Bifida. It occurs more frequently than multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, polio and cystic fibrosis combined. Spina Bifida is the most frequently occurring permanently disabling birth defect. Spina Bifida affects approximately one out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States.

Angeline Lavasseur didn’t want to break the time-honored tradition of graduates walking to get their diplomas at graduation.

The 18-year-old girl, who has been confined to a wheelchair throughout her childhood after being born with spina bifida, recently walked across the stage to pick up her diploma at Pinckney High School’s graduation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It marked the first time Lavasseur’s classmates saw her walk.

Accompanied by a brace and crutches, Lavasseur got a standing ovation when she strolled onto the stage.

Give her an ‘A’ for her positive outlook. She said, “Just because I’m in a chair, I still fit in. I still do everything everyone else does.”

Lavasseur now plans to go to enroll in community college and study physical therapy.


It’s always a great thing to hear about people overcoming something that affects their life. Don’t you think that this story had a happy ending?

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