Samson Lim’s physical stature may not be as mighty as that of his biblical namesake, but the staff and students at Mead High school say his spirit certainly is.
At age 9 Lim was diagnosed with dystonia, a rare neurological movement disorder. As a result, everyday activities like walking, sitting and standing became challenges. Eventually, he had to use a wheelchair.
But, his physical limitations haven’t diminished his optimism and enthusiasm for life and learning.
“Dystonia has taught me to have patience and faith,” he said. “I’m just a normal guy who likes to make friends and have fun.”
As a junior, Lim established the United Nations Club at Mead High School where he’s serving his second term as president. He’s also the president of the Math Club and is involved with the National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl and DECA. Lim attends Whitworth Presbyterian Church and says his Christian faith is his backbone. He has volunteered at Holy Family Hospital and is the vice chairman of the World Affairs Council of Spokane.
Last summer Lim underwent a risky brain surgery.
“I wanted to be able to walk to my classes and have some independence,” he said. He didn’t want to spend his senior year in a wheelchair. After months of physical therapy, Lim got his wish. When he was crowned Homecoming King in October, he proudly walked down the red carpet.
After graduation Lim plans to attend the University of Washington to pursue a double major in business administration and English. He’s been awarded a total of fifteen scholarships, including the Horatio Alger National Scholarship.
“My greatest challenge right now is to find out what my role in life is to be. I’m still learning about what I should do. I want to make my parents proud,” he added.
Samson Lim has definitely grown into his name.
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