School teacher Jim Freeman carried his differently abled 25 kilo student across the entire trek to ensure she did not miss out on a field trip with her friends.


Ryan Neighbor suffers from spina bifida, a condition of the spinal cord that has left her unable to walk since birth and hence dependent on a wheelchair. The 10 year old attends school at Tully Elementary and is in fourth grade.

School teacher Jim Freeman carried his differently abled 25 kilo student across the entire trek to ensure she did not miss out on a field trip with her friends.
Image Source: Team Ryan

When the class was preparing for a field trip to the Falls of Ohio State Park a week ago, Ryan was naturally sad not to be able to go with her friends but accepted that it came under the list of things that were not possible for her in this lifetime because of her condition. Even her mother Shelly knew this and so began planning for alternate things to keep Ryan busy on that day.

Fortunately for Ryan, her elementary school teacher Jim Freeman was one of those people who had skipped class on the day they were teaching the meaning of the word 'impossible.' Jim contacted Ryan's mother and told her that to help Ryan join her classmates, he was ready to carry her on his back for the entire trip!

And he did!

School teacher Jim Freeman carried his differently abled 25 kilo student across the entire trek to ensure she did not miss out on a field trip with her friends.
Image Source: Team Ryan


School teacher Jim Freeman carried his differently abled 25 kilo student across the entire trek to ensure she did not miss out on a field trip with her friends.
Image Source: Team Ryan


Jim Freeman used a special backpack to carry Ryan Neighbor, who weighs 25 kilos, on his back throughout the field trip across the Ohio State Park.

We are sooooo blessed to have an ENTIRE school that is so compassionate and empathetic and NEVER make her feel left out ❤️""

 - Shelly King, Ryan's mother


Authors note:



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6 Comments

  1. That's heartwarming. Ryan got to enjoy the field trip with her friends because of her teacher. Even though we hear a lot of negativity in the news, there are a lot of kind souls like Jim Freeman in this world who spread compassion and joy whenever possible. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, Roshan.

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  2. O my GOODness Dr. Roshan this is extraordinary and wonderful and so inspiring - Jim Freeman is a true hero - bless his soul forever! And little Ryan and his smile are priceless. Thank you for this lovely post!

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  3. What a marvellous story! 💖 Ryan is a lucky girl to have such a compassionate, inventive teacher.

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  4. What a teacher - hats off to his love for his students. Thanks for sharing this Roshan. Your stories of goodness makes my day every time I read them!

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  5. Your stories of kindness are what we all need, in todays times where newspapers are spilling with negative news. Such a happy, hopeful story. Salute the spirit of Jim and much love to little Ryan.

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