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Wheelchair-bound teen walks at Okla. graduation

Posted: 6:05 PM, May 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-24 07:15:29-04

OKMULGEE, Okla. - An Okmulgee graduate bound to a wheelchair all his life was bound no more Friday night.

"I wasn't nervous at all. I was all right," Micah told 2 Works for You Monday.

A video shot by the Okmulgee News Network showed Micah McDade, walking across the stage to receive his diploma.

"I just wanted to walk across the stage and get my diploma instead of being on stage in my chair."

Two years ago, Micah decided he would walk across the stage at his graduation. That decision led to fatigue-filled days of physical therapy and surgery to release tension in his legs. It was a decision that only a few people knew about, and even fewer got to see him practice.

"We had never seen him actually stand up," said his sister, Alecia Brooks. "All his therapy was at school or his physical therapist. I was never there because I was at school or something."

McDade was born with cerebral palsy and has worked his entire life to be able to walk.

"Just kept on pushing myself, you know what I'm saying. I never give up. I've got the eye of the tiger."

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