A teenager in a wheelchair shocked her parents by walking to receive her diploma.

A teenager in a wheelchair shocked her parents by walking to receive her diploma.
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Alicia Anderson had a heartwarming surprise for everyone at her graduation ceremony.

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Alicia Anderson. (via Fox 17)

All parents are proud to see their kids graduate from high school. But the Andersons of Ionia, Michigan saw something at their daughter Alicia's graduation they never expected. They saw their daughter walk again for the first time in two years.

18-year-old Alicia suffers from Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that requires her to use a wheelchair and talk-to-text technology. She had no symptoms until she was 16, but since then, she's had to relearn most of her basic skills. Her parents didn't think she would live to see her graduation, but she surprised them. And she had more surprises to come.

At school, she began relearning how to walk, but kept it secret from her entire family. Then, on graduation day, she got to her feet and proudly walked to receive her diploma. Everyone in the crowd erupted into cheers, but nobody was happier than Alicia herself. She told Fox 17, "It was the best day of my life."

Alicia is still learning, and working to become more independent. She hopes to live on her own one day, and her dream is to get a job at the University of Michigan Hospital. That's the hospital that saved her life.


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