ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM/CBS) - More than 500 students crossed the stage at the Blue Cross Arena for Fairport High School's graduation ceremony June 26, but only two got a standing ovation.
Twin brothers Ty and Austin Coppola walked hand-in-hand across the stage, a moment that brought the crowd to its feet and tears to the eyes of everyone in the audience.
The brothers came into the world just seconds apart, but Ty was diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Austin Coppola told his parents he would not accept his diploma without Ty.
The boys' mother, Cheryl Coppola, said she hesitated to contact the school to ask if Ty could walk because she wanted Austin to have his own moment in the spotlight.
But Austin put up a fight and told her Ty has worked harder than him.
Proud of all that the two boys have accomplished, the Coppola family celebrated Ty's perseverance and Austin's compassion.
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