The life of people with disabilities is not easy, regardless of their age. Today, many types of disabilities, both physical and mental, are recognized. With the support of loved ones, it may be easier for you to drive a car in everyday life, but the world is not so welcoming to you. For example, most buildings do not have ramps for wheelchair users.
This makes it difficult for people in wheelchairs to move around and makes them dependent on the help of others or reluctant to leave their homes. For children, this means they are not participating in large-scale fun activities such as school trips.
Ryan King is a special little girl who was born with a disease that weakens the muscles in her spine. After she was born on July 7, 2009, her family in Louisville, Kentucky knew that they would face many obstacles along the way. However, not only her parents take care of her. !
In 2019, her teacher Jim Freeman helped the family take Ryan on an exciting out-of-state school trip. Ryan may have left the journey earlier, but this new development means she has become a regular high school student who is excited about her amazing experience! I am glad to know that there are teachers who help her more than I could imagine.
Ryan has a Facebook page dedicated specifically to her, and it provides a lot of information about her birth and the challenges she has already been through. Ryan’s mother, Shelly King, explained in the description section of the Facebook page that Ryan was diagnosed with spina bifida when she was only 5 months pregnant. Naturally, she and her husband wondered if their little girl would have a normal life while growing up in a limited world, and hoped for the best for her.
Immediately after Ryan was born, she was taken to surgery, This was followed up by months of complications and problems that took her to the NICU a few times. However, the little girl pulled through and showed the world as well as her family that she is strong. Though she has been wheelchair-bound for years, she continues to have a zest for life that is unparalleled.
According to her page, “Ryan is a spit fire and a trail blazer. She does ballet and lyrical dance, she’s won over 20 pageants, been in multiple Derby fashion shows. She’s rolled the runWay in Chicago fashion week and even been on The Today Show. She plays golf and loves to swim and snorkel.” The little girl has shown that there are no such things as limitations and when one puts their mind to something, anything is possible.
However, there can still be complications with how the world treats you when you are in a wheelchair, and school outings for soon-to-be 11-year-old can become unnecessarily difficult because she requires a lot of care and concern.
Luckily for Ryan, his teacher Jim Freeman didn’t want to leave the school’s September 2019 Ohio fossil field trip. He offered the little girl and her family something she couldn’t refuse. According to CNN, he told Ryan that he was ready to take his backpack with him to go for a walk with classmates.
“We used to go on field trips we couldn’t go, and the school gives us other school days,” Shelley told CNN. “But when he goes back to school, she doesn’t have that experience because all her peers and classmates are talking about the trip,” he explained. “Even the kids really miss her when she leaves.”
Shelley didn’t want Ryan to miss out on any other exciting events, so she ended up saying, “My friend took me in the backpack she sent me. I told him I was just carrying him.” When he shared her plans with Ryan’s teacher, Freeman, who didn’t know him yet, came up and said, “I’m glad I dragged her over the waterfall all day!”
Shelly told CNN: “He knows who Ryan is, but they’ve never had a personal relationship before. I don’t think he could have imagined the impact he would have on so many people.”
Shelley posted photos of her walk and talked about how Freeman helped her daughter, and people who are grateful to teachers like Freeman have shared hundreds and thousands of comments on this article.