EUTAWVILLE, SC (WIS) - 18 years ago Shiya Walley was given a devastating diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.
When Shiya was born, doctors told her family she would never be able to walk. Her mother, however, never gave up.
"I trust in God. And I looked at her and she looked at them like she knew what they were talking about and I know from there that God was going to handle this" said Rose Walley, Shiya's mother.
It was then that Rose decided to take a step of faith.
"From then on, I worked with her constantly. Me, my daughter, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, they gave me a hand on everything."
"The beauty of it all, she kept a smile, and her with that smile, I knew when I looked at her at the age of one or two, I looked at her and said, 'she's going to walk'" said her cousin, Latoya White.
Now, 18 years later, she beat the odds when she walked across the stage Friday for her high school graduation at Lake Marion High School. It was then she proved to her doctors, her family, and most importantly, to herself that she can do whatever she put her mind to do.
"She kept saying every year that she was going to walk" said Walley.
It's a moment her family will remember forever.
"She had a standing ovation, everyone stood up and clapped and she was so happy as well as we were" said White.
Friday was more than a graduation, it was a celebration of the impact Shiya has made, not only on her family but the community around her.