Xie Xu is an 18-year-old student at Daxu High School in Xuzhou, China. Recently, he's become somewhat of a celebrity when the story of his incredible friendship with classmate Zhang Chi emerged online.
Zhang suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disease that gradually weakens and degenerates the muscles to the point where patients no longer have the strength to carry out everyday activities, like walking, dressing themselves and even eating - in extreme cases.
To make sure his friend never missed out on his education, Xie carried Zhang piggyback to and from school every single day for the past three years. The headmaster of their school has this to say about their incredible bond: “The story of the two students is so inspiring and touching. They aren’t family, but [Xie] has been doing this for three years. He’s 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.”
Sadly, the boys will soon be parting ways. Xie would like to attend Nanjing Polytechnic Institute, while Zhang will be taking his college entrance exams soon.