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For Weir's Boyd, it was about much more than grabbing that diploma

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

WEIRTON, W.Va. -- It’s a story of perseverance and triumph.
Nearly 11 months ago, Weir High student Josh Boyd was in a motor cross crash that changed his life. He broke his neck and fractured his vertebrae. Doctors were unsure if he’d ever walk again.
On Tuesday night, with more than 130 students on hand at Weir High School with their families for graduation, Boyd did just that. For a moment it was hard to find a dry eye in the house as Boyd triumphantly made his way to the stage less than a year after an accident that nearly claimed his life.
“It means a lot to graduate even though the past year hasn't been the way I wanted to be,” Boyd said. “But it means a lot to get that diploma to say I overcame adversity and was able to graduate with my class."
He did it walking on his own, showing again that he wouldn't let that crash at a track in Maryland define his life.
"I'm doing pretty well considering when I first got the injury I had no legs or arms or anything so to get my diploma meant a lot," he said.
In fact, the walk to the stage was about more than the diploma.
For Boyd, it was a way to show doctors who doubted he would ever walk again that they were wrong.
And believe it or not, he isn't ruling out a bike ride.
"I can't say I wouldn't get on a bike again if I had the opportunity,” he said. “If I could get to that point, maybe I could ride again."
But whether he rides again or not, Boyd’s journey will be deemed a success simply because he made it onto that stage.
Boyd will go back to Chicago next week where he is scheduled to be there for a couple months for therapy.
After that, he is looking into research programs to help him get feeling back and gain 100 percent of his motor functions.

For Weir's Boyd, it was about much more than grabbing that diploma


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