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To celebrate Signing Day, athlete's 7-year-old friend walks for the first time

When tears filled high school athlete Chasten Whitfield's eyes during her Signing Day ceremony, it wasn't because she had decided on a college.

The happy crying came as a result of the athletic accomplishments of someone else.

As a surprise, her seven-year-old friend Easton Gonzalez showed up to Manatee High to walk for the first time.

Gonzalez, who was born with spina bifida, shows Whitfield how he can now use a walker to get around.

Their friendship began two years ago when Whitfield taught him how to fish.

Lena Blietz: 817-390-7571; @lenablietz

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