Going to the prom with the star of the football team is something most girls dream about. When Ben Moser, the quarterback for a high school team took Mary Lapkowicz her wish was fulfilled.
What’s even more remarkable is that Lapkowicz has Down syndrome and Moser is able-bodied. Lapkowicz and Moser have known each other since the fourth grade. Moser always tried to ensure Lapkowicz was included in school activities. It was also during that fourth-grade school year that Moser promised to take Lapkowicz to prom when they got older.
“He watched over her constantly,” their fourth-grade teacher, Tracey Spogli, said. “If she was looking like she wasn’t having fun, he would go over and talk to her. He would pull her in to whatever activity they were doing. He just always watched out for her.”
When it was prom season, Lapkowicz thought Moser forgot, until she got balloons from him with the word “prom” written on them.
“I was surprised,” Mary said. “I was going to go with some friends.” Moser said that he looked forward to prom with Lapkowicz.
“Today with joyful tears in my eyes and down my face I watched a promise made, seven years ago, to a beautiful girl fulfilled,” Ben’s mother, Lisa Moser, posted on Facebook.
The pair went to prom on May 8, 2015.
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