4:48 Minutes, That Will Change You Forever

01 Jun

Fifth-grader Matt Woodrum hangs out with his friends. His you tube video of him running the 400 meter race has went viral, he has cerebral palsy.

Phillipians 4:13
Authorized King James Version 1611 (KJV)
“I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”

Remember the name Matt Woodrum; the next time the Devil has you down and tells you “you can’t do it!” Matt is a fifth-grader at a school in the school district that my wife and I live in, Worthington City Schools. He attends Worthington Colonial Elementary School, in Worthington, Ohio. This child shows a level of strength and courage, almost un-matched in this age. Even with his disability, he resolved that he was going to compete in the recent field day at the school. He was offered a place on the sideline, he simply said, “no”. He not only said, “no”, he said, “I’m competing in the 400 meter race.” From that point on, he was not turning back, no retreat, no surrender! Matt struggles with every step, but with every step he seems to dig even deeper and becomes even more determined to finish.

The song that was picked to accompany the video is spot on “Eye of the Tiger” of Rocky fame. As Matt is competing and falling behind, his classmates begin to appear (what seems like from everywhere) and begin to cheer him on, and then begin to gather around him, flanking him off the left and right to run alongside their friend.
Matt’s gym teacher, John Blain, said

His run wasn’t about crossing the finish line. Rather, the important thing is that Matt chose to run when he didn’t have to, knowing that it wouldn’t be easy.“ Our society has gotten away from that, but these kids loved the way he played that race,” Blaine said. “It was a great victory because he ran it with honor.”

 You can see from watching the video, Matt and his gym teacher have a great relationship. He runs with Matt to encourage him.

Here are some quotes from Matt’s mother, Anne, fellow students, and Matt himself:

Matt’s mother, Anne Curran, said she wasn’t surprised that her determined son finished the race.

“But when the kids came to join him, that was the real moment of inspiration that obviously made me and everybody cry,” she said. “Seeing him through to the end and cheering his name was just a priceless moment.” excerpt from the Columbus Dispatch

“I want people to know Matt can do anything,” said 10-year-old Jazmin Williams. “We didn’t have the guts to do the race, but he did it.” excerpt from the Columbus Dispatch
Matt paused for a few seconds when asked what he wants the people around the world watching his video to know.
“Just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean you can’t try,” he said. excerpt from the Columbus Dispatch
One commenter on the video said “restored my faith in humanity.”

This story has garnered national and worldwide acclaim. The school has received notes from Hong Kong Croatia, and when principal Henk DeRee turned on his tv, there the school and Matt was, on NBC’S The Today Show.

Here are a few local comments from the article in the Columbus Dispatch:

Sharon Mason (girlscout)
“I saw that on 10tv this morning as I was getting ready for work. I sat there and cried. Oh what a wonderful sight to see. Matt had the guts to run and the classmates did not want him to run alone. Restores my faith in the future of our country. Congrats Matt. You are my hero”
2012-05-31 08:26:59.0

Military Dad (rparker6491)
“My children all attended Colonial Hills. It is a great school, wirth great teachers, and administrators. Ther community supports the schools, who in return, who support the community. A lot of the teachers live in the neighborhood. This is the kind of school we need more of and yes, every time a levy came up I voted for it. Just look at the results!”
2012-05-31 09:06:59.0

Paul Wade (yogiman)
“This is the best show I have seen on internet since it began. Let’s hope we’re getting a more original breed of children today.”
2012-06-01 16:57:58.0

After watching the video and your done wiping your eyes, say a little prayer for this child and his family, and pray that his story inspires many more people to follow in his footsteps of strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9
Authorized King James Version 1611 (KJV)
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Isaiah 40:28-31
Authorized King James Version 1611 (KJV)
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Robert E. Stage Jr.
The Patriot


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2 responses to “4:48 Minutes, That Will Change You Forever

  1. Anne C.

    06/03/2012 at 9:31 am

    I just came across this from google. Thank you!
    -Matt’s Mom

    • The Patriot

      06/03/2012 at 9:53 am

      My wife and I feel truly privileged to live near people like yourself, your son is inspiring to many, and the finish line celebration makes you want to jump out of your seat and join in, makes you want to just lift him in the air and take a victory lap! I write for a national and global news and opinion website named The Constitution Club where I also posted this story. It is viral there also. It had 80 views yesterday, and has 15 views so far today. God Bless you and your family, and its already apparent that God is moving in a mighty way in Matts life. Once again, inspired, and a privilege! Give your son our very best. Rob & Cindy Stage


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