Thu, 26 Nov 2020

Love makes him a strong man

Xinhua
30 Oct 2020, 17:18 GMT+10

Cheng Dongdong's mother Liu Xiang takes Cheng for a walk during summer vacation in east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

HEFEI, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Cheng Dongdong was born in Qiucun Town of Guangde City of east China's Anhui Province in 2001. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2008 and gradually lost his ability to walk.

Despite seeking medical attention from doctors, Cheng's condition didn't show any improvement, but he insisted on returning to school, using a wheelchair to get around.

Knowing Cheng's condition, his classmates volunteered to make a group to take care of Cheng while he was at school. After Cheng completed his elementary education in 2014, his classmates made a new group to help him. When Cheng entered senior high in 2017, another group of classmates carried the torch, continuing to look after Cheng.

In September 2020, Cheng began his university life and got support by his new classmates as before.

Classmates carry Cheng Dongdong upstairs in Chaohu University in Chaohu, east China's Anhui Province, Oct. 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Classmates take a walk with Cheng Dongdong in Chaohu University in Chaohu, east China's Anhui Province, Oct. 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Volunteers help Cheng Dongdong to the dorm building in Chaohu University in Chaohu, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Classmates carry Cheng Dongdong in classroom in Chaohu University in Chaohu, east China's Anhui Province, Oct. 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Combo photo shows classmate carrying Cheng Dongdong in Qiucun primary school (L, taken on March 3, 2012), in Guangde middle school (C, taken on May 28, 2020) and in Chaohu University (R, taken on Oct. 19, 2020) in east China's Anhui Province. (Xinhua)

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