PLAINVILLE, Conn. – Andrew West was told he would never walk. He was born with Cerebral Palsy after having a stroke in utero.
Doctors told his mother during her pregnancy, Andrew’s future was dim. But Andrew always kept a positive outlook.
Even at 3 years old, he was a fighter. With physical therapy, a few surgeries, and a lot of determination, Andrew took his first steps.
“It was like a miracle,” said Gina West, Andrew’s mom.
Now, at 11 years old, he’s on his middle school cross country team.
It’s important to note, Andrew doesn’t consider himself to have a disability. He takes a mix of special education and regular education classes at Plainville Middle School.
And Despite wearing a leg brace, he participates in a variety of sports. Besides cross country, He also plays soccer and basketball.
In 2015, Andrew tackled the Hartford Half Marathon. His mom says he finished last, but didn’t notice. Andrew walked away from the race with a big smile on his face.
This year, he ran in his first middle school cross country meet. Andrew got a little turned around during the long, winding route.
His teammates started to notice he was missing and decided to help.
Andrew’s mom says the entire middle school team, and a few high school runners, turned around and set out to find him.
Together, everyone crossed the finish line.
“It was amazing,” says Andrew’s mom, Gina.
The vision of them running in unison was just another milestone for the boy who was never supposed to walk.
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