5-year-old with spina bifida inspires others after walking at preschool graduation

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MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — A 5-year-old boy from Marion County is overcoming life’s challenges and inspiring others around the world with his story.

In just a few weeks,  Blake Mompher, who was born with spina bifida, gained enough strength and confidence to walk across the stage for his preschool graduation.

“Just so over the moon happy for him and just so excited, and crying, and ugly crying, and all the crying. It was pretty amazing to watch,” said Blake’s mom Megan Mompher.

It was a moment Blake’s parents, Megan and Aric, say they’ll never forget, because Blake’s condition led to surgeries that had him in and out of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“I didn’t quite cry but I had tears in my eyes,” said Blake’s dad Aric Mompher. “I was very proud, very happy just for him because he’s overcome so much.”

Blake’s parents say his condition is something they’ve gotten used to over the years.

 “It’s literally one day at a time,” said Megan.  “One moment at a time, taking each day as it comes.”

But on this day, little Blake was doing great.

He showed off his graduation cards, his award and his toys.

He lives his life as any kid would even with spina bifida, but while he lives his life, he also spreads hope to other parents around the world.

“It’s nice to get spina bifida out there and get more awareness for it,” said Megan. “I’ve gotten some messages from people that said, ‘I got six-month-old daughter and watching Blake walk across that stage gives me hope that my daughter will walk one day.'”

Aric added, “That’s our whole goal is to be a glimmer of hope and encouragement towards other people that are in the same situation.”

Blake’s parents said he’ll spend his summer playing with his toys and his siblings, but next school year he’ll start kindergarten full time.

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