Sammy Nickalls
April 27, 2015 12:37 pm

What would you do for YOUR bestie? Probably anything they need: talk with them on the phone at 3 in the morning, join them for events that they feel super uncomfortable for, give them a pep talk any time they need it.

What if they needed to be carried to school, every single day?

One 18-year-old boy has proven that for his BFF, he will go the distance—literally. Xie Xu has been carrying his friend to school every day for the past three years. Why? Because his bestie, 19-year-old Zhang Chi, suffers from muscular dystrophy, which can make sufferers physically weak and even shorten their life.

Xie doesn’t just carry Zhang to school, though. According to Shanghaiist, he carries him to his dorm, gets all three of his meals, and helps him do laundry. He carries Xie at least a dozen times per day over 200 days a year—including up large flights of stairs. Our eyes are seriously watering up over here.

Their beautiful story has not gone unnoticed. The pair’s bond haa been shared widely on social media in China and been covered by local media. “They aren’t family, but Xie has been doing this for three years,” Guo Chunxi, deputy headmaster of Daxu High School, told the Independent. “[Xie is] the most beautiful student. He also exerts positive influence on other students, who readily help Zhang. With their assistance, Zhang has never missed out on one single class.”

And their grades show it: Zhang and Xie have been the top students in the class for all three years. But unfortunately, Xie and Zhang may have to part ways very soon. According to Shanghaiist, Xie just had an interview at the Nanjing Polytechnic Institute a few days ago, and if he gets in, he’ll be finishing high school early. What will happen to Xie?

According to The Independent, this story has raised the issue of poor treatment of disabled people in China. There still remains a massive problem with rights of disabled people, and it’s incredibly difficult for them to access formal care.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a bestie who will carry you around on your back—but hopefully, their beautifully inspiring story will be a call action in China.

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