5-year-old Blake Mompher's family hoped he would be able to walk by the start of the school year, but health complications set the preschooler with Spina Bifida back.
On May 11th though, Blake managed to walk across the stage at his preschool graduation, and him and his family couldn't be happier:
"I cried as soon as I saw him walk out on stage. He’s been through a lot of medical trauma, and to watch him overcome it all and walk so determined on that stage, I’ve never been more proud of him. He’s pretty amazing," Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, said.
"None of his classmates had seem him walk before, so to see their reactions was so awesome. Everyone stood up and gave him a standing ovation. Nothing like it," Megan continued.
Blakes father, Aric, added: "To see the looks on his friends’ faces was incredible! We’re just very thankful for the little wins since he’s spent so much time at the hospital. It’s nice for us to be able to enjoy our child and his triumphs instead of worrying about him in the hospital,"
The couple, who are parents of four, learned that Blake had Spina Bifida when Megan was 20 weeks pregnant. Blake has always used a wheelchair, but he's recently been practising steps with a walker. He had surgery in November, having to stay in the hospital for over a month. They have since been working with a therapist to get him walking.
"Right after, he said, ‘I did it!’" Megan recalled, adding that Blake was "very proud" of himself. "He’s always been kinda freaked out over that stage, and the fact that he came out smiling was pretty surprising. You can tell how proud he was."