Joy Break: High School Graduate With Cerebral Palsy Surprises Everyone When She Walks Across the Stage to Get Her Diploma

By Nancy Flory Published on June 29, 2018

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? Those stories are still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Nineteen-year-old Lexi Wright wasn’t supposed to survive after birth. She had to be revived three times. If she did survive, she’d never walk. 

Recently, Lexi shocked everyone by walking across the stage to get her diploma from Ravenna High School. Although she used a walker, it was the first time her mom had seen her walk.

The standing ovation was almost too much for her mom, Dede. “I was bawling my eyes out,” she said. “I couldn’t even cheer her on because I was bawling so much.” 

Lexi has cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair her entire life. She wanted to surprise her family. High School Principal Beth Coleman said Lexi had been practicing secretly all year. “I was brought to tears when she made it all the way down the ramp,” said Coleman. “Her classmates cheered her the entire way.”

Lexi’s mom said she’s always told Lexi she could do whatever she wanted in life. She tells her daughter “the sky is the limit.”

“She is capable of doing whatever she sets her mind to. She has always been a determined girl.”


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