When he was 12-years-old, Glen Douglas Haynes was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. The disease is characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue. This effects walking or moving in an extreme way. But that hasn’t stopped Glen from setting big goals for himself. One of these goals involved graduating from his high school in Bearden, Arkansas.
Tucker Carlin, one of his good friends, told KTVU that Haynes was always an active boy. He loved baseball football and horseback riding. She says, “Slowly but surely he was no longer able to do the things that he really loved, but his friends at school and in his small town have rallied around him and kept him going and even continue to have him as part of his high school baseball team as their manager.”
And that type of community was not lacking during their graduation on May 20th. Glen’s goal was to walk across stage to receive his diploma rather than using his chair. With the help of his physical therapist, he made it happen! From the second he got on his feet, the entire stadium stood up with overwhelming applause.
Glen’s determination is what makes this story inspiring. He never gave up and pushed himself through a challenge. Watch as he bravely accomplishes one of his life goals.
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