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Blog: Stivers Blog: June 2012


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There is so much negativity today in the news and everywhere we look that it is always nice when we can pause to recognize good things that are happening in our community. I would like to take the opportunity to use this blog to highlight some of the positive events that are happening in Central Ohio.

When was the last time you were truly inspired by something? For me, it was about a week ago when I read a story in the Columbus Dispatch about one of our very own hometown heroes, fifth-grader Matt Woodrum of Colonial Hill Elementary School.

Matt is battling Spastic Cerebral Palsy, but his courage, inner strength, and determination came together in a YouTube video of him running and completing a 400-meter race. The YouTube video gained worldwide attention almost immediately (CLICK HERE to check it out for yourself).

At first, I was moved by Matt as he charged through the pain of his condition and continued the race one step at a time. About halfway through the video, though, the inspiration factor became two-fold when Matt's classmates surrounded him and cheered by his side all the way to the finish line. The explosion of excitement at the end of the video from the children, parents, and teachers was truly infectious.

The next time you find yourself, a loved one, a friend, or a coworker faced with a challenge, I would like you take a moment to think about Matt Woodrum and his classmates. Remember Matt's drive and self-discipline as you face your own test. Encourage and support another person as Matt's classmates did for him. I am so proud to represent the people of Central Ohio in Congress, because our communities shine with genuinely kind and selfless individuals. Matt and his friends at Colonial Hill Elementary School will grow up to be the future of our communities in Central Ohio, and this story gave me hope that it will be very, very bright.

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