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Gutsy 8-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Finishes Triathlon, Inspires the World

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The next time you think you can’t do something, remember this kid.

Bailey Matthews, who suffers from cerebral palsy, completed a triathlon last weekend in Britain. That’s right — he did a 100 meter swim, a 4,000 meter bike ride and a 1,300 meter run. And what did you do this past weekend?

Bailey finished last, but hundreds of people remained to cheer on the little fella. His mother says he is determined to be as normal as everyone else:

“He has always struggled with getting dressed, things that parents of other children take for granted, he does struggle with, just every day things are more difficult for him, but he never lets it bother him. He doesn’t see himself as different to anyone else. We have always tried to make sure that if there is something he wants to do, there is no such word as ‘can’t’.”

Bailey had a specially-made walker to help him, but he shoved it aside shortly before reaching the finish line on his own two feet.

He may have finished in last place, but there’s no question who the day’s biggest winner was.

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