Michigan teenager Alicia Anderson led a pretty normal life, up until she was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease in 2013. Wilson’s disease is a genetic disorder that allows copper to manifest in the person’s tissues. The genetic disorder has left the teen having to relearn everything she once knew. Alicia’s mother Heather Anderson said that when Alicia was 16-years-old her life did a complete turn-around. Heather was not even sure that Alicia was going to make it to turn 18-years-old or even graduate high school. However, she made it. The 18-year-old graduated from Ionia High School this year, and she had a big surprise in store for her parents and the rest of the audience.
According to the story on Fox17 Online, Ionia High School has been working with Alicia, trying to rehabilitate her. They have been working on her communication and, unbeknownst to her family, her walking skills since the disease has left her wheelchair bound. When Alicia’s name was called to go up and receive her diploma, he wheelchair was pushed to the stage where it was locked in place and Alicia stood up. She walked across the stage to the crowd cheering as she accepted her high school diploma.
Folks at the Amen Clinic heard Alicia say that it was the best day of her life.