YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A Grafton Middle School student received the surprise of a lifetime Thursday. He was given the “Hometown Hero Award” by Sheriff J.D. Danny Diggs of York-Poquoson.
Nate Lambright, 11, did something most adults haven’t done: he completed a triathalon.
Lambright is a typical middle school student who loves video games and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The only thing that’s different, he says, is that he’s in a wheelchair.
“Sometimes I want to do stuff that I can’t do because of the disability with cerebral palsy,” said Lambright.
But the word ‘can’t’ wasn’t thrown around a few days ago. That’s when he finished the Patriot Sprint Triathlon — with the help of his doctors. Lambright’s physician, AnnMarie DeFiglio finished the race by his side and Lambright walked the last leg. He was also helped by his chiropractor, Daniel Shaye in the swimming portion of the race.
“Nate’s first question was, ‘Are we on the podium?’ I said, ‘Yes, we got third place,'” said DeFiglio.
Just days later, Lambright was surprised in his class and he soared to the top of the podium with a visit from the sheriff.
“We want to recognize you as a local hometown hero because of your commitment and perseverance and we appreciate that very much,” said Sheriff Diggs.
“I would be blushing right now, it’s just I’m not much of a blusher,” said Lambright. “I couldn’t do this without my mom and dad, who pulled me through this.”
“He’s overcome a difficult situation and he hasn’t given up and that should be a story for everybody. You can accomplish anything if you try hard enough,” said Sheriff Diggs.
Lambright said he’s so thankful for all of the support.
“I love everybody that helped me get to this point,” said Lambright. “Work hard and don’t let anything hold you back.”