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Diboll student with cerebral palsy walks for first time at graduation

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DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) -

An East Texas teen with cerebral palsy defied the odds when she walked across the stage Saturday night at Diboll High School's graduation.

Graduation is a night many teens look forward to, hearing family members cheer your name as you walk across the stage.

However, for Abrie Lopez, that moment is one she only dreamed of.

“One of my dreams is to walk,” Abrie said.

Since Abrie can remember, she’s been confined to a wheelchair due to being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

For the last four years, she’s been preparing for this day.

“It’s a dream come true for her,” Abrie’s brother, Adrian Lopez, said. “She’s been working on this for a long time. She’s been going to therapy since she was like six or seven months old.”

“When I first started to walk, it was hard,” Abrie said.

When thinking of the big moment, she was at a loss for words.

Seeing Abrie walk across the stage is a moment her brother said he wishes their parents could be here to see.

“Our parents had always talked about her graduating, so I know my family is going to be very emotional,” Adrian said.

Since practice makes perfect, Abrie turned her dream into a reality.

 “I was like oh my gosh, I can do this all by myself,” Abrie said.

“I’m just so excited for her,” Adrian said. “It’s been something she’s been wanting to do. I just can’t believe it. My advice to others is don’t give up. I mean nothing can hold you back. If you have a dream just follow your dream.”

Abrie said her next goal is to attend college.

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