Here's a heartwarming story out of Western Australia for you.
Mikala Powell's school dance was coming up, and her mother Michele was worried whether anyone would take her. So she called a teacher at Trinity College, a local boys' school in Perth, to see if anyone might be willing to step forward to give a 16-year-old girl with Down Syndrome a fun night out.
As ABC News reports, Michele was thrilled to find that 15 boys had volunteered. "It was purely doing something stepping outside of yourself for someone else, so to have 15 boys volunteer was awesome," she said. Damon Keizer, whom the teacher ultimately chose as Mikala's date, told ABC, "I thought it would be a good way to... push myself I guess, just do something a bit extra."
Michele told her neighbour Christina Colman, whose daughter Victoria also has a mental disability, about Mikala's good fortune, and soon enough Victoria also had a date to the dance: 17-year-old Aaron Dondas.
"That night when Aaron called me I was over the moon," Colman told ABC. "He was saying all these things that I didn't expect a boy his age to say, and he was saying 'we can't have Victoria going to the ball on her own and that I really want to make it her night.'"
Before the big night, Michele threw a pre-party at her house, with nearly 100 friends and family helping to get Mikala and Victoria ready before the limos arrived.
"It was probably one of the best nights I've ever had to be honest," Dondas said. "I really enjoyed myself."
Keizer added, "It was my first ball and I had a really good time; it was laid back, it wasn't a job, it was fun and Mikala had a good time."
"We just really wanted to make sure that these girls had exactly the same" experience as other girls, Michele told ABC, "and I think they probably had a better experience than most others."
As for Victoria and Mikala, ABC reports that dancing was the highlight of their night. See some of Michele Powell's photos of the night in the gallery above.
Last year on the show, George interviewed actor John C. McGinley, who spoke about raising a child with Down Syndrome:
And in 2011, George spoke with Evan Sneider, the first actor with Down Syndrome to play the lead in a feature film:
Via ABC News