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Man with cerebral palsy crosses the finish line


LOWELL TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN (WKOW) – A teenager with cerebral palsy sets out to finish the race he first joined with his father years ago.

For the past four years, 19-year-old Johnny Agar has been pushed over 1,000 miles and across countless finish lines by his dad. 

For team Agar, it doesn't matter how you start the race, what is important is how you finish the race.  This time around, Johnny decided he wanted to be the one to walk across the finish line.

This race started like any other with Johnny in a wheel chair and his dad pushing him from behind, but midway into the first mile, Johnny ditched the wheels and set out to finish the race on his own for the first time ever.

Johnny says," I thought dad's done so much for me; I thought I should give him a break for a little bit.  It was cool cause I got to experience what he gets to experience when he crossed the finish line."

With his whole family watching, Johnny was determined to finish the race on his own and push through his disability.

Johnny's mother says Johnny decided to overcome his disability to inspire at least one person.  But to Johnny's surprise, he inspired more than he could have ever imagined.  By the end of the race, Johnny had people behind him, cheering him on the whole way.

Johnny says, "It was really quite touching to me to see everyone behind me.  The whole parish was basically behind me.  It was awesome."

By the time Johnny made it to the finish line, an overwhelming crowd of support took each step with him.  Runners came back from their race just to see him cross the finish line.

A young man's courageous journey empowering the spirit of the community he so dearly loves, teaching them all a lesson.  It doesn't matter how you start the race, what is important is how you finish.

"For me to experience it with him was pretty cool, one thing that I will remember forever," says Johnny.

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