Paralyzed 18-Year-Old Walks At His High School Graduation

Paralyzed 18-Year-Old Walks At His High School Graduation

This is a story of baby steps that led to accomplishing big goals all for the glory of God. Jake Thibeault had dreams of playing hockey in college. He had fallen in love with the sport as a little child. But tragedy struck and determination set in! This paraylzed 18-year-old walks at his high school graduation in spite of being paralyzed at the waist down from a hockey accident. 

Jake doesn’t remember much when he woke up in the hospital except to tell his parents he would walk again. And more specifically, he was determined to walk at his graduation. His parents believed that time heals all wounds but how could time heal something like this? In the beginning of learning how to live in a wheelchair his parents wondered how their precious son would walk at graduation when he couldn’t even sit up on his own, or even feed himself. 

After nine long months of physical therapy this courageous man took 30 steps. The more Jake worked through rehabilitation, the more determined he became. As Jake thought about his goal, the harder he worked. He went above and beyond in each of his therapy sessions because he wanted to put everyone’s doubt to rest. 

Because of his determination, courage, hope, and a whole lot of faith in God, Jake and his parents experienced the sweet taste of victory when Jake walked at his graduation. In this inspiring video, you will want to cheer and praise God as you witness Jake walk across the stage to get his diploma. Nine months of hard work equated into 30 steps. His fellow classmates, family, and the school community went wild. 

If we all could have a lion’s heart like this kid, I think we would see mountain’s move. We hope his story inspires you to have faith that no matter the odds, or how big the mountain is in front of you, God will be the author and perfecter of your story. And like Jake’s story, God isn’t done writing it yet. All it takes is one step at a time. 

Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

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