Chinese netizens have been moved by the story of 40-year-old Yu Xukang and his 12-year-old son Qiang.
Yu is not only a single father living in the rural areas of Sichuan, he also happens to be the father of a disabled child. Qiang suffers from a severely curved spine and a bent hand and foot. Because the condition is so rare, doctors have been unable to treat the young boy.
Needless to say, the condition has made things very difficult for the father and son, but Yu is determined not to give up despite the difficult circumstances.
According to Shanghaiist, Qiang’s mother abandoned the family when her son was only 3-years-old. As a result, Yu took on the responsibility of raising the child on his own.
Of course, this is no easy task. The rural area lacks of transportation and Qiang’s school is a two-hour walk away. Qiang cannot physically handle the walk, so Yu carries his 12-year-old son all the way to and from school.
In total Yu walks 28 kilometers a day (roughly 6 hours) just to make sure his son is educated. The walk to school is down a difficult and rugged mountain road which eats away at Yu’s rubber shoes.
Despite the difficult situation, Yu shows an undying amount of determination. ”We are never late,” he said proudly.