A heartwarming video (below) captures a Marine returning home to North Carolina to witness his son, who has cerebral palsy, walk into his arms for the first time.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney arrived home from serving in Afghanistan to find a big surprise -- his 6-year-old son with cerebral palsy learned to walk while he was away, reports ABC News.
"When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own," Jeremy's wife, Melissa, wrote in a post on WelcomeHomeBlog.com. "He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!"
In the touching video, Jeremy walks into a gymnasium and gets surprised by his son as he crouches down and watches him walk into his arms.
Melissa and the couple's three other children watch the touching embrace as they also welcome Jeremy with signs and big hugs.