When Maggie Vazquez’s class planned a two-day hike, it was a question of how, not if, the sick little girl was going to come with them.
The 10-year-old suffers from Cerebral palsy and couldn’t walk the trail 40 miles from Chicago charter school the Academy of Global Citizenship.
After months of searching for solutions, her teacher Helma Wardenaar decided to simply carry the 62lbs child on her back.
The beloved teacher found a $300 child carrier that would support Maggie’s weight and height and set off with 50 children and 10 staff to Camp Sullivan.
‘We saw birds, frogs and deer. We were able to do everything her peers were doing, she was one of us,’ she told CBS News.
Ms Helma, as her students call her, said carrying Maggie through the May 30 to June 1 camping trip was hard, but the little girl kept her spirits up.