By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - A few weeks ago we introduced you to a Dunlap high school student who proved his doctors wrong. They told his parents when he was born that he wouldn't live past a year; today he graduated from high school.
When Quincy was born doctors said he would never walk, he would never talk, and he wouldn't live past a year. 19 years later that same boy is beating all the odds and graduating from high school. "It's one of my biggest dreams was to see him walk across that stage today and he did. I couldn't have asked for a better mother's day present," his mother, Paula Eickholt says.
"Amazing, absolutely amazing. It's been a long 19 years and it's something nobody thought would ever happen so it's more than I could ever ask for," his grandmother, Jan Ritterbush says.
Quincy has an extremely rare genetic disorder called 3p deletion syndrome. There are only 8 cases ever documented.
When he was born, the doctor gave his family the worst-case scenario. Now watching him graduate, his grandmother is reminded of the goal they set out to beat. "She said cherish everyday I can't promise you tomorrow that was at 6 weeks now we're at almost 20 years so yes that's probably one of the first things that ran through my mind was we beat you," Ritterbush says.
"It's amazing, it's a milestone in his life, a new journey that we get to begin. It's overwhelming, very overwhelming," Eickholt says.
With his family and friends gathered around, Quincy celebrates his accomplishment. "He knows it's all for him and he's just loving every minute. It's all about Quincy today and he knows that," Eickholt says.
Beating the odds and living each day to the fullest.
Quincy plans to use his graduation money to visit his sister in Ohio. When he returns he'll continue working for the Crossroads of Western Iowa, an organization working with individuals with disabilities. If you would like to help Quincy or others like him visit www.explorecrossroads.com