Teen with cerebral palsy walks at his school's pep rally

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:56pm

Driven by termination and months of practice, a teen with cerebral palsy gives his classmates an incredible and inspiring surprise!

"The biggest day of my life."

Victories in life look different for all of us.

"Very few people know about this, they're going to explode."

For Dakota Forness this is his day to win. The Coon Rapids senior has lived his whole life with cerebral palsy.

"The wheelchair kinda gets me noticed more."

Noticed maybe, but what he'll be remembered for is about to change?

"I've had this planned since the end of last year."

As Coon Rapids students filed into the Fieldhouse for the homecoming Pepfest Friday, it was a flurry of cardinal red and white then Dakota's turn.

"You don't have to play a sport or be in a school activity to achieve victory, the road to victory starts in your own life, setting your own goals. I guess what I'm trying to say is when you're a cardinal you never stand alone. "

And so with that support behind him, Dakota stands, something they've never seen him do. Take one step at a time.

Mission accomplished.

Celebrity like attention on two feet followed the Pepfest.

But all Dakota wanted was to live his mark.

"Johnson always says on your feet for the school song and 4 years I haven't been able to be on my feet until today."

He did that and more.

"It was pretty amazing."

"We'll never forget this moment."

"I have achieved victory."

"You're a hero to a lot of people right now."

"That was the ultimate goal."


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