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Video circulating of SISD student in Spring Games gives lesson in perseverance

SISD Spring Games

It’s a story of perseverance.

A 13-year-old Bill Sybert School student running in the Socorro Independent School District’s Spring Games, defies what doctors told him eight years ago.

Jonathan Soto is giving us all a lesson on determination and persistence.

His mom, Brissa Garcia, said she still can’t believe how far he’s come.

Garcia said her son was in a terrible car accident in the Lower Valley when he was 5 years old.

She said she didn’t think Jonathan would make it tIt’s a story of perseverance.

A 13-year-old Bill Sybert School student running in the Socorro Independent School District’s Spring Games, defies what doctors told him eight years ago.

Jonathan Soto is giving us all a lesson on determination and persistence.

His mom, Brissa Garcia, said she still can’t believe how far he’s come.

Garcia said her son was in a terrible car accident in the Lower Valley when he was 5 years old.

She said she didn’t think Jonathan would make it through.

"He had to start to learn how to eat again,” she said. "He got a brain damage and he was in the hospital for two months."

She said Jonathan was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, causing him to relearn everything.

"Doctors told me that he wasn't going to be able to walk or remember people,” she said.

But, Jonathan wouldn’t let that happen.

"To me, the first thing is, it's a miracle he made it through the accident, and now that I see everything that he's gone through and to where he's at now,” said Garcia. "And it's all because of this attitude, he's really -- he doesn't give up on nothing."

Including his time on the track.

Jonathan ran Socorro ISD’s Spring Game, and at first, he used his walker.

"He was mad at me, because I made him use the walker,” said Garcia.

But, after he got a taste of the race, he decided to let it go.

“Because I could walk and run,” said Jonathan.

He said he wanted to run, so he could prove to himself that he could do it.

Even after falling a couple of times, the runner got right back up and finished, coming in second.

"I was really proud of him,” said Garcia. “Then, I explained, you should be proud of yourself, look at what you did, you made it, you got up. A lot of people would've just stood there and stopped."

Jonathan said he has only one message for everyone:

"Just keep pushing, real hard, and don't give up,” he said.hrough.

"He had to start to learn how to eat again,” she said. "He got a brain damage and he was in the hospital for two months."

She said Jonathan was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, causing him to relearn everything.

"Doctors told me that he wasn't going to be able to walk or remember people,” she said.

But, Jonathan wouldn’t let that happen.

"To me, the first thing is, it's a miracle he made it through the accident, and now that I see everything that he's gone through and to where he's at now,” said Garcia. "And it's all because of this attitude, he's really -- he doesn't give up on nothing."

Including his time on the track.

Jonathan ran Socorro ISD’s Spring Game, and at first, he used his walker.

"He was mad at me, because I made him use the walker,” said Garcia.

But, after he got a taste of the race, he decided to let it go.

“Because I could walk and run,” said Jonathan.

He said he wanted to run, so he could prove to himself that he could do it.

Even after falling a couple of times, the runner got right back up and finished, coming in second.

"I was really proud of him,” said Garcia. “Then, I explained, you should be proud of yourself, look at what you did, you made it, you got up. A lot of people would've just stood there and stopped."

Jonathan said he has only one message for everyone:

"Just keep pushing, real hard, and don't give up,” he said.

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