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Pro Infirmis conducts an experiment: there are only a few people who don`t have empathy with disabled people. Nevertheless, the passenger seat in the public bus next to Fabian often stays empty. Handicapped people are a regular part of our society.

So, get closer.

The audio track "The Funeral" is by courtesy of "The Band Of Horses" from the album "Everything All the Time":

Current album of the band:

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> hey anon, wanna give your opinion?
#1 - everheat
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#2 - MaximumPrism
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This is the only video that's ever brought me to tears because growing up, I was a kids with cerebral palsy only. Everyone thought he was too wierd or ugly to talk to. I was his only friend. He then had a brain tumor with I think he recovered from. I lost track him over the years but I was overwhelmed when I saw him going nuts dancing at my senior homecoming, 6 years later. I wish you the best John Carpenter.
User avatar #5 - Galante
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This made me realize how much I long for a heart-felt hug...
User avatar #7 to #5 - xMWxBEASTx [OP]
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i know that feeling..
User avatar #11 - hellsear
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User avatar #12 to #11 - xMWxBEASTx [OP]
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well ****
#9 - anon id: 5b935774
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#3 - anon id: 0fe5040c
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Every time i watch this video I remember a friend of mine back in high school named Kelly. A little Asian boy who had downs syndrome who was in a grade before myself. We had met through a program held by my gym class at the time, in which each student would train one of the students in the special ed class for an upcoming Special Olympics event that took place every year just in the other town. Kelly and I met each others eyes once both classes were introduced to each other, and decided to e partners that very moment. Now truth be told, both of us were very nervous at first but once an introduction was made and a little help from Kelly's AID, Kelly and i soon became friends.

Every day we trained for the events he was participating in, If I remember correctly they were running, shot put, and pool noodle throwing (to replace javelins). Every day Kelly would show up ready and pumped up for what the next day had in store for us, and to be honest I was excited to hang out with Kelly.

Eventually the day of the Special Olympics arrived and Kelly myself and a few of his friends all sat together on the bus singing songs to get each other pumped for the big day. To start it off each school that participated in the days events did a walk around the track to be announced which school they had come from. The athletes and us trainers were to walk side by side waving and smiling to give off a good impression. Most of the other "trainers" were not so fond of this and just merely shied off to the side of the track during our walk. i had noticed this and told Kelly that we should get extra excited to bring the spirits back to everyone. Low and behold, it did!

The days events went on as they would normally, with the athletes participating while the trainers would stand on the sidelines and cheer everyone on, even if they were not from our own school. Kelly ended up winning 3rd in the running event he took place in, 4th in shot put, and 2nd in noodle throw.
#4 to #3 - anon id: 0fe5040c
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I asked him if he would like to have his picture taken with his prized ribbons. Of course he jumped at the opportunity and yelled out yes. I had him model his ribbons for me while I took the picture and had him smile for me.

I no longer have the picture of Kelly holding up the ribbons he won from each event, but to describe it in the best way I can, Kelly wore the biggest and happiest smile that anyone could ever imagine, even if he was coated in sweat from his triumphant and amazing performances. I showed him the picture I had taken of him on my phone, he then quickly snagged it away from my grip and asked me "Can I take a picture with you and me?". Of course I couldn't say no to him, so I showed him how to use my phone and how to take a picture with it. The picture came out amazing, even if the phone was a piece of garbage, never the less that picture had always stayed in the back of my head ever since it was taken.

After the day was done and gone, we returned home and parted ways for the day. Before i could even turn around to say good bye to Kelly, he had me embraced in a hug that was nothing I have ever felt before. He turned to me and said "Thank you for everything coach! I'm going to miss you!" I turned to him confused seeing as there was still plenty of time left in the school year to see each other and said "But Kelly, won't we see each other in the halls?" He nodded furiously and said "Of course we will, but we won't see each other every day!"

At that moment I decided to make a promise to this amazing kid that I would see him everyday, or at least try to see him everyday. The rest of the year went on as normal until the last day of school. As I was walking in the halls I was called to the office. unsure of what I did I obliged and headed off towards the office where I found the small Kelly waiting for me.
User avatar #6 to #4 - eastbishop
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He looked towards me and ran straight into my chest and nearly squeezing the life out of me with the most powerful hug I've ever felt. Looking up at me he started to get teary. I asked what was wrong and he told me that he would be moving to the city 2 hours away from where I was living and that we may not see each other ever again.

Learning this I could almost hardly believe that i would be losing a newly made friend. I too also started to get teary and told him I was going to miss the heck out of him. We decided to have lunch together just him and I by ourselves talking about why he was leaving and making jokes if the timing was right. The end of lunch came and we gave each other our last good byes and hugged it out knowing that there wouldn't be another opportunity to see each other for the rest of the day.

With that Kelly disappeared from my life and was never able to return unfortunately. but every now and then when I need a little pick me up I think of him and how awesome he was to me and what he taught me about acceptance with everyone around you. I miss you bud.

(Little ticked off I wasn't signed in for the first two parts of this but W/E)
#8 to #6 - FunnyHunch
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This made me cry full out.
Yo will meet him again, one day. I'm sure of it.
User avatar #10 to #8 - eastbishop
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Thanks bro :)