Florida teen with cerebral palsy walks across graduation stage to receive high school diploma


Jennifer Long got to see something she’s long wanted Friday night at her son’s graduation.

Jericho J. Burroughs, a Jacksonville teen with cerebral palsy, graduated from Edward H. White High School on May 30th. Despite his condition, Jericho walked across the stage at his graduation ceremony.

This is just one of many accomplishments for Jericho. After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler, doctors said that he would probably never live a normal life or graduate with a regular diploma. He has had 18 major surgeries since birth regarding various health complications. Yet, Jericho has gone on to become an adaptive track and field state champion and has won several awards for his singing. He even was crowned as Prom King at his school.

18-year-old Jericho Burroughs was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age and has gone into the operating room for 18 major surgeries.

Burroughs does not let his disability bring him down however, his mother tells News Channel 8 he is an adaptive track and field state champion, and he was also named prom king!

Long told News4Jax “Graduating with a real diploma has been a major accomplishment for him, especially for kids in his condition,” Jennifer Long said.

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