January 29, 2023

A teen boy wanted nothing more than to attend his school dance. Unfortunately, he was turned down by every girl he asked. But, on the night of the dance, a date showed up. His mom walked outside, and that’s when she saw what was in the driveway.

Daniel Rivas, a 17-year-old Arizona boy with Down Syndrome, is just like other kids his age, with the same dreams and desires of most teens. He hopes to eventually go to college and become a chef. But, until then, he wanted to enjoy his high school functions, and that included attending his homecoming dance with a date. Unfortunately, he was turned down by every girl he asked.

After asking several girls to be his date and being turned down each and every time, word of Daniel’s dilemma got back to 10th grader Kylie Fronius. Hearing Daniel was turned down, Kylie decided she should step up and knew right away she wanted to surprise her classmate. So, she asked Daniel to be her date one day at school. Of course, Daniel was delighted by Kylie’s homecoming

“Someone took the time to take my son to homecoming,” said Tonya Rivas, Daniel’s mother, as her voice cracked with emotion. “Words can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now,” she added, stunned by Kylie’s kind gesture. “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.”

Little did Daniel and his mom know, though, the unexpected surprises were just beginning for the young boy after Kylie’s sweet proposal hit social media and drew the attention of the local news. “I don’t think of kids that have a disability,” Kylie told Fox 5 KVVU-TV. “I don’t think of them as being different,” she added. “I hope I can make his night fun.” And, the news crew was about to make her hopes come true.

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