BALTIMORE, MARYLAND S (AP) — A heartwarming story of an unlikely pair.
A teen and toddler formed a bond like no other at a therapy center in Baltimore, Maryland.
2-year-old Sam from Greenville, South Carolina came to Baltimore about a month ago with “Acute Flaccid Myelitis,” a condition of the spinal cord causing limb weakness.
Roughly around the same time, 17-year-old Berlin, Maryland native, Tyree Henry got hit hard during a high school football game.
Tyree is a junior at St. Francis Academy in Baltimore with big dreams of playing football on the next level.
“I couldn’t move anything,” Henry said, “yeah so I’m blessed to be able to move everything again and be able to play again.”
Two different people from two different worlds, now connected.
Jason Huguet, Sams dad, said he has been trying to encourage Sam to be comfortable with everyone in the room.
“Sam actually looks for Tyree when he’s in therapy, especially when hes doing something particularly awesome that day,” said Eboni Lance, Asst. Professor of Neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. “And he’ll look to Tyree for support and encouragement, try to get his attention from across the room.”
“I guess it’s me trying to help him because hes going through the same thing I’m going through,” said Henry, “trying to get out of here and back to normal.”
Tyree has no hesitation. He wants to play football again.
And he’s working hard because he already has several football scholarship offers from more than a handful of big universities.
But no matter where life takes these two, they’ll always remember becoming a real “superhero” takes hard work and support.
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