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Among the graduates that filed into Freedom Christian High School's gym was a four-legged companion. He was there after helping his friend of four years get her diploma from her Michigan high school.

"It was just a great thing I think for everybody else to see that he really is part of me and my accomplishments are essentially his,” said 17-year-old Desi of her furry friend Walton.

Desi has cerebral palsy and she got Walton just four year ago.

"I really, really couldn't be where I am right now in this stage of my life without him,” Desi said. “Before I got him, I would have to bring a wheelchair to school just to get through the day.”

Their bond is easy to see, but is so much deeper than most could understand. It is why Desi said it was so important to have him there dressed in a cap and gown to accept that diploma with her.

"He really has put in the work,” she said. “Holding me up is a full-time job, especially when I’ve exerted a lot of energy."

They have been side by side through their whole high school career. And Walton was there by her side as they closed the latest chapter in their high school lives.

"Walton really has become a part of the class,” said Desi. “With a school this small, you can’t help but be a family. He really has become a huge part of a class."

The two together are proving that anything is possible.

"I have had troubled proving things like that to myself, so this kind of proved to me, ‘Wow, I really can do it,’” she said. “I really did have this huge accomplishment that I didn`t think I was going to have honestly a few years ago."

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