Classmates ensure that kindness prevails, and the 'relay baton' does not fall to the ground but is carried through.
For Cheng Dongdong, his classroom is always on the first floor, and his seat is always arranged in the first row. His classmates keep an eye on him and carry him to his wheelchair whenever and wherever he goes on school days. There are always warm hands behind his wheelchair. From elementary school to high school, Cheng has always been surrounded by a group of classmates guarding him, passing on the "relay baton" with love.
Cheng was born in Qiucun Town, Guangde City, in East China's Anhui Province in 2001. He was diagnosed with progressive muscular dystrophy in 2008, and gradually lost his ability to walk. Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes mutations interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.
After a year of suspension from school, Cheng's family sought medical treatment for him across the country, but Cheng's condition was still not improving. Later he insisted on returning to school and continuing his school years in a wheelchair.
In 2010, eight classmates from Qiucun town's Central Primary School in Guangde city set up a love support group to take care of Cheng on campus. The little bit of love from the students helped to build Cheng's confidence, and they have become his most powerful "support group". To a great extent their actions helped him gradually come out of the shadow of the psychological pressure brought by the disease. For Cheng, the road of life meets more and more breadth.
In 2014, after graduating from the elementary school, he furthered his study at Qiucun Middle School. The six students in his class formed a new support group to allow the "relay of love" to continue. In 2017, Cheng was successfully admitted to Guangde High School, and another six new students took the baton and continued to help and care for Cheng.
In order to facilitate Cheng's mobility, in the past 10 years, the three schools that Cheng attended have arranged his classes all in the classroom on the first floor, and his seat has also been in the first row. After entering high school, and when his school work became increasingly more intense, Cheng's mother Liu Xiang began to accompany her son studying at school. Considering his special circumstances, Guangde High School provided Cheng and his mother a dormitory on the first floor free of charge.
Her biggest wish is that Cheng can live a healthy and happy life. She says Cheng's classmates never treat him with a strange eye, and everyone around is willing to help them.
Time flies, and now after three years in this particular summer, the grass on campus is lush in green, and Cheng is about to graduate this month. For him, great moments in life will feel great when he puts his mind on it, and the last thing he wants is to slow down too early, just to see his life fly by in front of him. Cheng and his classmates also took the national college entrance examination this week. It is also the most important criterion for admission into Chinese universities. One Chinese saying aptly compares the exam to a stampede of "thousands of soldiers and tens of thousands of horses across a single log bridge".
Along the way, despite hardship in life, Cheng faces it bravely and becomes a fighter. He has always maintained an optimistic attitude toward life. Today, Cheng, who grew up with love, is confident and has scored excellent grades. "After the college entrance examination, the students will usher in a new life, and I hope everyone has a bright future," Cheng says.
(Source: Xinhua)July 13, 2020