Noble Haskell’s walk to his high school graduation ceremony wasn’t just the typical proud moment usually associated with academic achievement. Instead, for a young man who has faced unimaginable challenges since 2021, each step has been powerful progress in the face of adversity.
Haskell, a cross-country athlete at Smoky Hill High School (Aurora, Colo.), was paralyzed in June 2021 after his vehicle was hit while returning from a trip.
And while Haskell was unable to walk as a result of the accident, he was still unable to get back on his feet.
His unwavering determination and consistent physical therapy turned the storyline from heartache into a heartwarming one. And the next chapter was one of the best yet.
Noble Haskell, a paraplegic student, GOES to collect his diploma!
Noble, a cross-country athlete, broke his neck in a car accident in June 2021. He was determined to walk again.
He was voted Outstanding Student of the Year! (🎥: noble haskell)pic.twitter.com/IsIDbXYHAd
— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) May 31, 2023
The saying “step by step” has rarely been so inspirational. But according to Noble Haskell, the advances come as no shock to those closest to him.
“I think a lot of people who don’t know me were quite surprised, but some of my friends who are closest to me certainly weren’t surprised. I’m sure they always knew it.” he told CBS News.
And the Outstanding Student of the Year doesn’t stop there.
According to the report, Haskell also holds one 5K run on June 10th to raise money for further treatments.
Over and beyond? His ultimate goal…
“Keep doing what I have to do and fight day after day, session after session, week after week until finally I can walk again.” said Haskell. “It took everything I had to get here but as I said the work is ongoing and I have more to come and this is just the beginning.”