Zhao Delong was a dedicated young man focused on his future education. The Japanese citizen was incredibly smart and routinely at the top of his class. After placement testing, he was ecstatic to receive offers to attend two of his country’s most prestigious universities. One way or another, he was determined to graduate from his dream school.
As a young boy, Zhao developed a Polio infection. For years afterward, the boy’s daily life was determined by what his body could afford. Unable to walk or complete simple tasks on his own, he had lost his independence. Luckily, the boy’s father became the giving caretaker he desperately needed.
The boy’s parents did everything they could to seek effective treatment for their son. After physical therapy sessions, invasive surgery, and continued practice, the young man regained his ability to walk. Little did he know, years later the roles would reverse.
Unfortunately, as Zhao’s condition continued to improve, his father’s heath nearly raced downhill. Suffering from an unknown disease since childhood, Zhao’s father was paralyzed from the waist down. The sickness had progressed throughout his body.
The son was simply devastated by his father’s deteriorating condition. As a loyal and appreciative son, Zhao would care for his father as long as necessary while attending his dream school at the same time. He was determined to find a way to make it work.
His solution? To bring his father with him. Zhao would get the best of both worlds: quality time with his dad and a chance at an excellent education. By time he had registered for college classes, he and his father were fully packed and ready to head to the dorms.
Zhao’s father became his college roommate. The son lovingly cooked his meals, shaved his face, and making sure he exercised regularly. Zhao even got a part-time job to help with the family’s depleted cash flow.
The two had a long journey ahead of them. Zhao, inspired by his father, would continue to work hard throughout his four years at the university to provide a better life for him and his beloved father.