Collin Langston, an 18-year-old boy, demonstrated incredible determination and perseverance. Despite being in a wheelchair when he started high school four years ago, he set a goal to walk at his graduation. On May 17, he achieved his goal, and the entire arena erupted in applause and cheers. A video capturing the moment was shared on Springfield Public Schools’ Twitter page.
Langston, who was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder that causes joint contractures, underwent surgeries to straighten and strengthen his legs. With the support of a full-time nurse, he attended Hickory Hills Elementary and Middle School. By the end of eighth grade, his leg condition worsened, making it challenging to use a wheelchair. Seeking expert advice, his parents decided to proceed with surgeries recommended by a specialist in Florida.
After two surgeries, involving breaking his legs, shortening his femur, and implanting “super knees,” Langston returned to Glendale High School in his freshman year. He had access to school courses designed for homebound students due to medical reasons. Langston’s transformation and ability to walk at his graduation filled him with joy, as the audience showered him with applause and cheers while he collected his diploma.