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Health & Fit5 Year Old with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Preschool Graduation: 'I Did It!'

22:20  16 may  2019
22:20  16 may  2019 Source:   people.com

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Blake Mompher’s family hoped the 5 year old with Spina bifida would be able to walk by the start of the school year, but health complications set the The Ohio family was in for a pleasant surprise on May 11, when Blake walked across the stage at his preschool graduation . “ I cried as soon as I saw

He showed off his graduation cards, his award and his toys. He lives his life as any kid would even with spina bifida , but while he lives his life, he " It 's nice to get spina bifida out there and get more awareness for it ," said Megan. " I 've gotten some messages from people that said, ' I got six-month- old

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Blake Mompher’s family hoped the 5 year old with Spina bifida would be able to walk by the start of the school year, but health complications set the preschooler back.

The Ohio family was in for a pleasant surprise on May 11, when Blake walked across the stage at his preschool graduation.

“I cried as soon as I saw him walk out on stage,” Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, tells PEOPLE. “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.”

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"Right after, he said ' I did it !' " Megan Mompher recalls of her 5 - year - old son Blake. Blake Mompher’s family hoped the 5 year old with Spina bifida would be able to walk by the start of the The Ohio family was in for a pleasant surprise on May 11, when Blake walked across the stage at his

A 5 - year - old boy from Marion County is overcoming life's challenges and inspiring others around the world with his story. In just a few weeks, Blake Mompher, who was born with spina bifida , gained enough strength and confidence to walk across the stage for his preschool graduation .

The family shared a video of the Crosswood UMC Preschool graduation ceremony in Marion. In the clip, Blake is shown smiling wide as a staff member presented him with a medal and certificate and the crowd cheered for him. The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times.

“None of his classmates had seem him walk before, so to see their reactions was so awesome,” says Megan, 34. “Everyone stood up and gave him a standing ovation. Nothing like it.”

5 Year Old with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Preschool Graduation: 'I Did It!'© Provided by TIME Inc. Blake Mompher

Blake’s father, 40-year-old Aric Mompher, adds: “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.”

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A 5 - year - old who was born with spina bifida surprised his family and friends when he walked across the stage at his graduation ceremony last week. Blake Mompher's big moment was captured on video by his parents and shared on Facebook. "As soon as I saw him walk out, I lost it ," mom of.

RELATED: 5 - Year - Old with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Preschool Graduation : ‘ I Did It !’ “Because of how easily the Frog moves, it motivates children who otherwise have a hard time moving, to propel forward or backward,” reads a description on the Frog’s website.

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Megan and Aric, who have three other children, learned that Blake has Spina bifida when she was 20 weeks pregnant, according to Good Morning America. Blake has always used a wheelchair but has recently been practicing steps with a walker.

5 Year Old with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Preschool Graduation: 'I Did It!'© Provided by TIME Inc. Blake Mompher

Megan says Blake had surgery in November and had to stay in the hospital for over a month. As they worked with his therapist in the weeks leading up to the graduation, she “realized he could do it!”

“I was nervous about it but also so excited,” she says of the big moment.

5 Year Old with Spina Bifida Walks for the First Time at His Preschool Graduation: 'I Did It!'© Provided by TIME Inc. Blake Mompher

The family shares updates about Blake’s health journey on a Facebook page called “Team Blake.” As for the little boy, Megan says he can’t help but smile when he thinks of his milestone.

“Right after, he said, ‘I did it!’ ” Megan recalls, 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.”

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