11-year-old child with cerebral palsy pockets her first male; the post goes viral
HOME, INDIANA COUNTY, PA (WTAJ) – For any hunter, getting their first dollar is an experience they will always remember.
For 11-year-old Lucas McCormick, pocketing his money was not only memorable, but also a moment that is now spreading joy around the world.
“He’s in awe of the views,” said Kayla McCormick, Lucas’s mother.
Lucas, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was delighted to have the money in the first week of deer season. His mother posted pictures of him with on a Facebook page called PA Trophy Takers. The post also showed how Lucas’ dad had built a system he could use to shoot on his own.
The post reaches more people than the family could have imagined.
Kayla McCormick said she was told over and over, ‘You have so many views,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ She added, ‘Then people texted me, me. called and emailed me. “
Lucas, who has an infectious smile that can brighten up anyone’s day, was born at 26 weeks. It weighed only 1 pound, 14 ounces.
“They didn’t think about anything until about two days before I left the NICU,” her mother said. “They saw shadows on the brain, but they couldn’t diagnose his cerebral palsy until he was 1 year old.”
Cerebral palsy is a motor disability that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, and is usually caused by brain damage before or at birth.
For Lucas, it was a difficult journey.
“It’s amazing what he’s going through, and he’s smiling through everything,” his mother said.
The smile begins with her family, making sure nothing stands in the way of her dreams.
“He does it all,” said Daniel McCormick, Lucas’ father.
An avid hunter, Daniel McCormick has designed a system so that his 11-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, can hunt on his own.
“He does that with a button,” said Daniel McCormick, demonstrating. “He just pushes it and it sends energy to him, and he pulls the trigger.”
Lucas is now able not only to fire the pistol himself, but also to see the deer on a screen attached to the device.
“We used to just be like, ‘Hey, there’s a deer coming. “Pull the string,” Kayla McCormick explained. “And it’s like now he can see it.” He can feel the excitement of being able to see the deer and pull it.
It was thanks to his father’s determination that Lucas got that first dollar that made him smile.
“I even had a veteran who said he had really depressed days and just seeing his smile made his day,” his mother said. “It’s incredible.”
The original post got tens of thousands of shares and counts.
People have also reached out to offer to take Lucas hunting in places such as Missouri and Maine, his mother said.
Currently, Lucas is pumping his money up through Swarthout’s Skull Works in Roaring Branch, Tioga County, who has offered to do the work for free.
The sixth-grader also said his dream is to become a YouTuber who, along with his brother, upload videos of themselves playing video games.
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