Paralyzed California teen walks at high school graduationJune 16, 2012
A California teen paralyzed nearly all his life lived up to his big promise this week and walked on stage to accept his high school diploma.
For the last three years, 17-year-old Patrick Ivison of San Diego has been going through intensive training for Tuesday's ceremony, enduring six hours per day of physical therapy, according to KGTV in San Diego.
He vowed to everyone he knew that he was going to walk on stage during commencement.
"There's always that like, oh, I've got, you know, all of America expecting me to get through this," Ivison told KGTV.
The Scripps Ranch High School student suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident when he was only 14 months old.
When Ivison appeared on stage during commencement ceremonies, cheers and a standing ovation greeted him, encouraging him every step of the way. With the help of his trainer, a custom walker and his service dog, Ivison accepted his diploma. He graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average, according to KGTV.
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