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Berrien High School gym coach Doug Nix (left) and Berrien High School junior Dan Bombardier give each other a hug. Berrien High School gym coach Doug Nix (left) and Berrien High School junior Dan Bombardier give each other a hug.
"Dan The Man" with his Nikes (his favorite shoes) on. "Dan The Man" with his Nikes (his favorite shoes) on.
Dan "The Man" Bombardier at Berrien High School homecoming (Courtesy: Carol Hughes). Dan "The Man" Bombardier at Berrien High School homecoming (Courtesy: Carol Hughes).
Dan "The Man" Bombardier at Berrien High School homecoming (Courtesy: Carol Hughes) Dan "The Man" Bombardier at Berrien High School homecoming (Courtesy: Carol Hughes)
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BERRIEN COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

For most students, Monday simply means getting up early and preparing for another week of class. But for students and staff at Berrien high School, it also means getting to see one of the people they love the most.

"He's just a bubblin' personality," said Berrien High School gym coach Doug Nix about student Dan Bombardier.

"Dan The Man", as he is known to his teachers and peers, is a junior at Berrien High School and was just voted homecoming king in a landslide vote. Dan has Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, but he's no different than your typical high school teenager.

"I like to go to the gym." "I gotta' hang out with my friends." "I like playin' basketball, you know."  Dan also loves to sing. "just them good ole' boys, never meanin' no harm. Be all they ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they were born."

The students and staff at Berrien High School recently raised $3,000 dollars to purchase a wheel chair ramp for Dan's parents' van.

"Before, they didn't have a ramp, they had to physically lift him into the van." When asked about the ramp, Dan says it makes him happy.

More than anything though, Nix says Dan is known for his quotes. "We have a top ten list of Dan's quotes."

Nix said his favorite quote on the list is number two. It is a question Dan asks him everyday: "Guess what we gonna' do when we get to Heaven?" "We going to run when we get to Heaven." "There won't be any wheelchairs in Heaven." "Coach, you know I love you don't you?" "You know I love you, buddy."

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