boy walks into soldiers armsU.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Jeremy Cooney had been told that his son, Michael, born cerebral palsy, would never walk. But when the soldier returned home from Afghanistan, his 6-year-old son had a big surprise for him.

While Jeremy was deployed, Michael discovered how to stand up unassisted. His teachers then began trying to teach him how to walk with a cane. Michael did them one better: he took several steps on his own.

When the soldier returned home to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he didn’t know his son could walk. He was taken to a gymnasium, where he watched his son begin hobbling across the basketball court straight into his arms.

His family had kept Michael’s progress a secret until they could surprise Jeremy.

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