A 6-year-old with cerebral palsy greeting his dad fresh off a deployment in Afghanistan is making the rounds of the interwebs this week. And it's hard not to watch daddy and son over and over and over again. I know, I know. All the military families who have allowed their homecoming videos to be shared on the Internet over the years have given us some pretty incredible moments to cling to when we're feeling a little down.
But you might want to pull your tissues out for this one. What Michael Cooney has done is nothing short of incredible. He's learned to walk. At 6. While his dad, US Marine Jeremy Cooney, was overseas serving our country.
The Cooney family kept little Michael's progress a secret from dad so he could have an extra big surprise when he got home from Afghanistan. And the look on his face as his little boy walks to him is more than worth keeping dad in the dark:
I guess we should expect nothing less from the child of a Marine, right? Jeremy puts himself through the rigors of military life and manages to survive overseas, serving our country, far from his family. Apparently he passed that same strength of will down to his little boy!
I can't imagine what it took for little Michael to master that feat. Cerebral palsy happens to be the most common motor disability during childhood, and it has no cure. Usually apparent by age 2, kids have to learn to live with it and the strains it puts on your body. But it takes some incredible willpower to tell the brain that you don't care what it says, you ARE going to learn to walk.
Want to help the Cooney family out with support for their son's medical expenses? There's a fund set up for that.
What incredible feat has your child mastered?
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Hat tip to 8 bit Dad