The family from Ohio was in for a pleasant surprise when they saw Blake walk across the stage at his preschool graduation on May 11!
Blake Mompher was born with a health defect, and his parents, Megan and Aric, knew that Blake had Spina Bifida when they were 20-weeks pregnant with him. He has never walked by himself, until now. The family from Ohio was in for a pleasant surprise when they saw Blake walk across the stage at his preschool graduation on May 11, according to People. They had hoped he would be able to walk for himself by the beginning of the school year, but there were a few health complications that dampened the plan. But, the day he walked alone, was quite an emotional one.
“I cried as soon as I saw him walk out on stage,” Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, told People. “He’s been through a lot of medical trauma, and to watch him overcome it all and walk so determined on that stage, I’ve never been more proud of him. He’s pretty amazing.” The proud family shared a video of the Crosswood UMC Preschool graduation ceremony in Marion for people to see his successful first steps.
In the video, Blake can be seen smiling widely as he was presented with a medal and certificate and the crowd cheered for him. Unsurprisingly, the video has been viewed more than 15,000 times. “None of his classmates had seen him walk before, so to see their reactions was so awesome,” said Megan, 34. “Everyone stood up and gave him a standing ovation. Nothing like it.”
Blake’s father, 40-year-old Aric Mompher, added, “To see the looks on his friends’ faces was incredible! We’re just very thankful for the little wins since he’s spent so much time at the hospital. It’s nice for us to be able to enjoy our child and his triumphs instead of worrying about him in the hospital.” Blake has three siblings and has been wheelchair-bound until he decided to start practicing with the help of a walker.
Blake had surgery to help him walk in November, and he had to stay in the hospital for over a month post surgery. In the weeks leading up to his graduation, Blake and his family worked tirelessly to help him, along with his therapist. This is when they began to realize that he can actually do it. “I was nervous about it but also so excited,” she says of the big moment. To document his progress and share it with the world, they have created a Facebook page called Team Blake.
Megan says Blake just can't stop smiling when he thinks about the milestone. “Right after, he said, ‘I did it!’ ” Megan recalls, adding that Blake was “very proud” of himself. “He’s always been kinda freaked out over that stage, and the fact that he came out smiling was pretty surprising. You can tell how proud he was.” Of course, people couldn't help but speak about just how beautiful the whole thing was, and Blake and his family were full of gratitude.
They wrote on Facebook: We (Blake’s parents AND Blake)want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone for cheering us on! It has been a REALLY rough past year so this is helping our family keep our spirits up. We hope that Blake can inspire all of you to never give up, no matter how hard it is, and to keep fighting the GOOD fight. He has taught our family so much about ourselves, too many things to list, but the first thing that comes to mind is that courage and determination come from within, never let anyone take that away! Once again, thank you for your kind words and support. We hope our little boy inspires you to dream BIG dreams and never take what you have for granted.