She’s not heavy. JM no longer has to carry his sister Ella on his back wherever they want to go after they received a wheelchair from donors who saw them during their graduation from elementary. (SunStar Foto/Ruel Rosello)
WHILE most kids go to school with backpacks, 14-year-old John Michael “JM” Belida has been carrying a “special baggage” on his back for eight years now.
The third child in a brood of eight, JM has been carrying on his back his younger sister, 12-year-old Ella Mae, to school since Grade 1 until their graduation day last April 7. Ella is a person with a disability (PWD).
“Bug-at ug kapoy, pero ako giagwanta aron makahuman siya og eskwela (She’s heavy and it’s tiring, but I did it so that she could finish school),” he told SunStar Cebu.
To help their parents save money, JM would sometimes walk to the Looc Norte Elementary School in Asturias town …