They say that so as long as you surround yourself with the right people in life, then anything is possible. And as it turns out for these two boys in 6th grade, that saying might be true.
A disabled boy based in China has been able to attend school for the past 6 years with minimal hitches in spite of his disabilities. And it’s all because of his best friend and classmate who carries him to school every single day.
Xu Bingyang, 12, makes it a point to carry his best friend Zhang Ze to school every single day without fail. Rain or shine, this kind-hearted young man tries his best to make life easier for his differently-abled friend. He even assists Zhang with transporting his lunch and transitioning between classrooms for different classes.
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The inspiring and beautiful friendship between these two boys from Meishan city in the Sichuan Province of China inspired a news story that made its rounds all over Chinese media including Xinhua and Sichuan Online.
Xu is much taller and stronger than Zhang, and he was proud to use his superior physical qualities to help his friend out. He had told reporters that he was happy to serve as Zhang’s walking stick. He also added that it wasn’t really all that difficult to carry Zhang around.
“I weigh more than 40kg (88 pounds) and Zhang Ze only weighs about 25kg (55 pounds), so it’s okay for me to carry him,” Xu explained.
And as expected, Zhang is quite thankful to have a friend like Xu around to help him get through this difficult life of his.
“Xu Bingyang is my best friend. Every day, he studies with me, chats with me and plays with me. [I] thank him to look after me like this every day,” Zhang said in an interview with Sichuan Online.
Xu and Zhang are 6th-grade students at the Hebazi Town Central Primary School in the county of Qingshen.
At the young age of four, Zhang was diagnosed with a very rare muscle condition which is sometimes referred to as the ragdoll disease. It is an incurable condition that goes by the official name of myasthenia gravis. And it causes Zhang to lose motor control of his leg muscles. That means that he is virtually incapable of walking on his own.
But fortunately for Zhang, he has still been able to attend his classes like all other kids his age due to the generosity of his best friend Xu. It was in their first grade when Xu first offered to carry Zhang around.
Xu has been adamant about the responsibility of human beings to help all others who are in need. While talking to Chengdu Economic Channel, Xu explained, “I am bigger than him. I thought if I didn’t help him, nobody else would.”
However, it hasn’t necessarily been an easy journey for the two. For instance, it usually takes the boys around three minutes to get from the classroom to the toilet which is only around 70 meters away. In order to cover that short distance, Xu gently holds on to Zhang by the hand as they slowly inch towards their destination together. And whenever stairs are concerned, Xu carries Zhang on his back.
The heartwarming story of the two best friends hasn’t gone unnoticed to those who are able to spend time with them every day.
“For so many years, [Xu] has continued doing good deeds and never complained in front of the teachers and classmates,” said one of their teachers in an interview with Sichuan Online. She went on to say that Xu is a very hardworking and down-to-earth individual who espouses the maturity of an adult.
Xu’s humility has also been put on display. He never even told his mom about everything that he was doing for his friend. She had only found out about it from other students in the class because the shy Xu was never fond of talking about himself.
Xu has already expressed an interest in carrying his generous energy into the future and channeling it towards other people who might be in need. He said he wishes to be a force for good in society when he grows up.