Student with rare disease surprised with full academic scholarship

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Nearly two weeks ago, Focus @ 4 brought you an exclusive story about Joseph Walter. Joseph has pompe disease, rare condition that disables the heart and skeletal muscles.{}{}

Still, the Clay Chalkville High School senior has maintained a perfect grade point average, and he's expected to graduate twentieth in his class.

Today he got the surprise of a lifetime. Focus@4's Candace Sweat was there when it happened.

Joseph and his family had no idea why the cameras were really at their house.

They thought we were there to follow up on his senior prom. But we were really there because we knew Kaplan University would be calling to give him some great news.

They called and offered Joseph a full academic scholarship. We caught the whole thing on camera.

Take a look at the video.