It’s Fun Run day in Granbury, TX, and Epic Emily is on the mic: “Nettie Baccus Elementary. Who’s ready for the Boosterthon Fun Run?!” The students yell and cheer and wait for their class band name to be called. Then everyone enthusiastically runs through the tunnel and onto the Speedway.
As a toddler, Kaci began experiencing physical disabilities that kept her from walking easily, and now, she uses a walker to assist her mobility. But that didn’t stop her from getting the full Boosterthon experience like every other student.
From the first day the Boosterthon team stepped onto campus, her excitement grew. Her mom said that’s all she wanted to talk about when she got home each day.
With every character lesson taught and music video played, Kaci got more and more excited for the big finale – the Fun Run. She knew she would be running differently than her classmates, but didn’t let that affect her. She was excited for the challenge. Yep, she chose to view difficulty as something to be tackled and even enjoyed. (What a girl!)
We were blown away, but Kaci’s mom said it was no surprise that her daughter’s attitude stayed positive. “She has never let anything get her down and she tries her best in everything she does. This was just another opportunity for her to put her mind to something and accomplish it.” And boy did she ever.
One step at a time, Kaci rounded the Speedway and each completed lap was another goal met. Boosterthon team member, Epic Emily, remembers looking into the crowd of students and seeing Kaci walking with determination and a smile. “She never stopped moving or smiling – all with so much tenacity.” When the Fun Run was over, Kaci had completed an impressive 32 laps! But more than her laps, we love how much Kaci took a unique challenge and matched it with grit and a beaming smile. If she keeps it up, she’ll be unstoppable.
Kaci, we are so proud of you! Keep reaching for your goals and don’t forget to always keep smiling!
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