In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sophomore Evan Hansen was running a cross country race for his school when he spotted Adam Todd running the race as well. Adam, who has epilepsy and autism, was from a rival school.
But during the race, Adam became distracted by a nearby ambulance. Seeing that Adam had stopped and veered off course, Evan ran over to him, got him back on course and ran with him, even holding his hand to run with him for a mile and a half.
As they neared the finish line, the rest of Evan’s team ran along with them to encourage Adam. At the finish line, Evan even pushed Adam a bit in front of him so he would finish in a higher spot. Both teams’ coaches got choked up at the sight of the two finishing together like that.
Says Jayme Skay, Evan’s coach, “You coach 20, 30 years, and it’s moments like that, that make it all worth it.”
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