Paralyzed senior dances at prom, gets diploma standing up – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX

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)

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.

Goodwill offers free high school diploma program


Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 2:00 pm
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Updated: 7:16 pm, Mon Jun 30, 2014.


Goodwill offers free high school diploma program

Adults who want to earn a high school diploma can apply for a new, free service offered by Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia.


In partnership with Camden County College, Goodwill’s Helms Academy offers general adult education and employment services that help individuals fulfill the necessary academic requirements to get their diploma while also earning college credits.

The academy, at 222 White Horse Pike in Stratford, Camden County, is accepting applications for enrollment. Day and night classes are offered, and many courses also are available online.

Students age 18 and older are accepted on a rolling basis as space is limited.

The academy provides a self-paced approach to learning. All college credit coursework is offered by Camden County College. Another Helms site will  open soon at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

For more information, visit www.goodwillnj.org or call 856-439-0200.

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