Eva Houston strides through life in a wheelchair, serving as an example of how much people can do even without the ability to walk.
When the 14-year-old with cerebral palsy asked to join her high school marching band on the field, her dad made sure her wish became reality, according to a report on Today.
Eva, a freshman at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska, plays the trumpet with the school band; but because of her wheelchair, she cannot march in formation, according to the report.
“We emailed the band instructor to see what we could do for her and he said he’d be happy to get her into the drill, as long as someone can push her,” Eva’s dad, Kevin Houston, told the news outlet. “Eva came to me saying she really wanted me to do it, and how do you say no to that?”
During their very first band practice together, Kevin said Eva turned around to smile at him and said, “That was so much fun!” He said it was then that he realized how much their little team effort meant to his daughter.
The faithful dad-daughter-duo now march with the band four times a week during practices. On Friday nights, Kevin pushes his daughter on the field with the rest of her bandmates to play for the halftime shows, according to the report.
“You drop your kids off at school and you don’t get to experience their day with them, so I’m very grateful to be part of her life,” her dad said.
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Today, society tends to idolize perfect health and ability, while the lives of the sick and disabled are threatened by abortion or assisted suicide. But when people like Eva and her father are recognized nationally for their perseverance and determination to overcome disabilities, they become ambassadors of the truth – that every life is valuable.