Prepare to be amazed, inspired and possibly cry a tear of happiness.
In 2007, Cheri Srour was a normal happy teen living in Brooklyn, NY. Normal until she was hit with an autoimmune neurological disorder leaving her paralyzed, on a ventilator and fighting for her life at the age of 18. For 10-years Srour has continued that fight by learning to walk again, swallow food and talk. “I basically started my life all over again,” the now 27-year old told me.
Part of her recovery has included participating in the last four runDisney Princess Half Marathons at Walt Disney World Resort, including the event this past Sunday. Her brother in-law Solly Elmann providing the leg power to get her around the 13.1 mile course in a wheelchair.
“Seeing the other runners run throughout the race, I am watching them move their legs, move their feet, they’re in their stamina, in their zone, and in my head, I can’t wait for that to be me,” Srour said with a smile.
Following her motto, “I may not be able to do the things you do but what I can do will surprise you,” she literally took several steps on Sunday to surprise family and spectators waiting for her at the finish line. Here is the video you won’t soon forget.
By the way, Srour is a Disney fanatic and loves the Disney Princesses. Her favorite is Belle and relates most to her because “she ends up looking at the Beast for who he truly is despite his appearance and I think the world does need more of that…and I think Belle teaches us to bring out the best in us.”
If she can cross a runDisney finish line, we all can! Congratulations Cheri and thank you for the inspiration to keep moving forward.
For more information and to register for a runDisney event, visit www.runDisney.com.