DORMONT (KDKA) — Isaiah Wooding celebrated his 17th birthday over the weekend, and what a birthday it was. The only thing he could say, after arriving at a party in his honor was, “I can’t even talk right now, this is amazing.”
Wooding made news back in February, when the Penn Hills High School student, who is living with Cerebral Palsy, was attacked in school.
The video went viral. Jeff Clement, the owner of Hollywood Lanes in Dormont saw that video and wanted to do something special for Wooding. He arranged for Sunday’s birthday celebration.
“After we saw what had happened, it just touched my heart. He’s got such a great smile,” said Clement.
On Sunday, Wooding was nothing but smiles – from the limo that picked him up to the surprise gift of four tickets to an upcoming Pirates game, thanks to the folks at #1 Cochran.
You could hear the smile in Isaiah’s voice, when he took the tickets saying, “It was brilliant. It was great. I can’t even talk right now. This is, like, amazing.”
Earlier, Wooding had been interviewed on a local radio show where he announced he had never been to a Pirates game before. But now he is going complete with the new Pirates cap he got as a present.
Organizers wanted to make sure Isaiah doesn’t think the party is just about getting gifts. They wanted to make sure it sent an anti-bullying message.
Clement said, “Everybody should just be nice to each other, treat each other good. Especially when somebody is as amazing as Isaiah is.”
Isaiah partied all afternoon. Dancing, playing the drums but broke into tears, when the group presented him with a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. He told the organizers, what happened here today, makes him stronger, going back to school.
“It helps me get a little more confident, walking and being around people who support me at school. I have goosebumps right now.”
It’s a day Isaiah Wooding won’t soon forget.