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Paralyzed senior dances at prom, gets diploma standing up

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Kadie Fain shares a moment with her mother, Debbie Fain, during her graduation ceremony at Christian Fellowship Church on June 7, 2014. (Photo: JERRY WOLFORD/News & Record)

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (PIX11) – A 19-year-old paralyzed from her rib cage down achieved two astounding goals to end her senior year of high school.

Kadie Fain danced at her prom and received her diploma standing up, the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina reported this week.

Fain’s awesome achievements were facilitated by her friends and family.

First, they tackled prom.

A new hot-pink wheelchair equipped with an elevator mechanism let her lower and raise her seat, making it possible for her to be eye-level with her handsome prom date as he rolled her around the dance floor.

Then, it was time for Pomp and Circumstance.

Wearing a purple cap and gown, Fain was rolled down the aisle of Christian Fellowship Church by two of her nephews on June 7.

It was far from an easy journey.

Fain was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord. She’s undergone 47 surgeries so far, and 35 of those happened in two years.

Extensive hospital stays made it nearly impossible for Fain to attend school with her peers full time, so she was homeschooled for much of her education.

Click here to read the complete story from The Greensboro News & Record.