(NBC)– A Louisville boy was able to meet his hero, Tony award-winning actress Ali Stroker.
Stroker is the first Broadway actress to require a wheelchair, and she won the Tony for her role in “Oklahoma.” One of her biggest gans is from the Bluegrass. Six-year-old Henry Hinson could barely compose himself when Stroker was announced as the winner during the Tony Awards.
He yelled, “that’s me,” meaning, someone like him managed to reach her profession’s pinnacle despite the hurdles ahead. It’s inspiring to Hinson, who has already endured 18 surgeries in his young life.
Hinson was born with Spina Bifida. Although he doesn’t aspire to a career on stage, he is cooking up some other career goals. Right now, he wants to be a chef.
His mother, Erin Hinson, told NBC News that Stroker winning a Tony made him realize that anything is possible.