Like most teenagers, seventeen year old Daniel was beside himself with excitement, as he awaited his high school’s homecoming dance. However, his heart and dreams got crushed when the dance drew closer as every girl he asked to be his date to the dance refused to go with him.
You see, Daniel has Downs Syndrome, and unfortunately has been a victim of the stigmatization that comes with his condition from his peers. Needless to say, his self esteem suffered quite a blow from the rejections.
Just when Daniel was about to throw away the idea of going to the dance, a 10th grader named Kylie heard about Daniel’s plight, stepped up and asked him to the dance herself. “I don’t think of kids that have a disability… I don’t think of them as being different. I hope I can make his night fun.” Kylie said.
Daniel’s mom, Tonya Rivas, was touched and shocked by Kylie’s kindness. “Someone took the time to take my son to homecoming,” She said, as her voice cracked with emotion.
She added, “Words can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now…It’s not that Daniel has a disability. It’s Kylie didn’t see any disability. That is what your heart wants as a mom.”
Just when Daniel was about to throw away the idea of going to the dance, a 10th grader named Kylie heard about Daniel’s plight, stepped up and asked him to the dance herself.
After Kylie’s dance proposal hit social media, it drew the attention of the local news. Fox5 News caught wind of the story and featured the two high-school students in a broadcast that melted thousands of hearts.
Fox 5’s Surprise Squad, which is known for acknowledging people who do good things in the community by rewarding them with big surprises, also had couple of surprises in store for the two.
On the night of their homecoming dance, Kylie and Daniel were greeted by Monica Jackson, the Surprise Squad host. Then the pair was picked up by a Rolls Royce as they headed out for their dinner date at Bistro 57, a high-class, local bistro
As the evening was winding up, the Surprise Squad announced that they were sending Kylie, Daniel, and their families to Disneyland. On top of that they also gave Daniel a $10,000 scholarship from United Nissan in Las Vegas to ensure he continued to realize his dreams. Afterwards, they surprised Kylie with a brand new car, just for having such a big, kind heart.
“All you had to do was watch the (original) news story that aired, and you saw a young lady with a huge heart, and she was inspirational,” said Don Forman, the owner of United Nissan, revealing his motivation for making the pair’s dreams come true.
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