Alaric Bridgeman was beaming with excitement and pride as he hoofed it down a makeshift runway created for him by the staff at Akron Children's Hospital and into the loving arms of a family member.
The boy suffered from a rare inflammatory disease called transverse myelitis which by December had pressed against his spinal cord, paralyzing the boy completely.
Alaric worked relentlessly twice a day for several months to regain his movement, aided by his loving father, David Bridgeman, who regularly took long "walks" with him around the hospital. After weeks of therapy, the boy was ready to try out his walker in front of a crowd.
The finish line Alaric crossed read, "I did it!" You certainly did, young man. Now go conquer the world.