U.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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