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One wheelchair user, a trumpet player from Texas, was able to achieve his dream of performing with his high school marching band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, CNN reported.
Fifteen-year-old Drew Bell told his parents he wanted to join his school’s marching band when he got to the high school, but he has had spina bifida since birth. He has always used crutches and recently began using a wheelchair to get around.
His parents had no idea how Drew could participate in marching band, but a classmate came to the rescue. Senior and trumpet section leader Kailey Summons said she would set down her instrument and during the band’s “spirit show” before football games she would push Drew’s wheelchair on the field instead.
On Thanksgiving Day, both Drew and Kailey were able to perform with their Keller High School band in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Keller High was one of 12 bands from across the country invited to play in the parade.
Although Kailey volunteered to push Drew in his wheelchair in the parade on Thanksgiving, his mother said she would take over the wheelchair-propelling duties so Kailey could also march and play in the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Kailey said she plans to study nursing in college next year.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been taking place every year since 1927, except for three years when the parade was suspended due to World War II.
The first parade featured a menagerie of animals including monkeys, bears, camels and elephants borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.
In 1927, the parade’s signature giant helium balloons made their debut with Felix the Cat leading the way. He was joined by a flying dragon, elephant and a toy soldier. Thanks to the giant helium balloons, Macy’s is the world’s second-largest consumer of helium, behind the United States government.