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'PROM?': Teenager's 'Promposal' To Special Needs Friend Goes Viral

by Stephany Bai /
Vee Nguyen, 19, asks her friend Ben Davis, 16, to prom.

A teenager’s “promposal” has gone viral.

Vee Nguyen, a 19-year-old high school senior in Lansing, Michigan, posted a video last Friday of herself asking her friend Ben Davis, 16, to prom during a pep rally at their school. In the video, Davis, a special needs student, is wheeled out to the center of the school’s basketball court to face a decorated box that reads, “I’ll ask you to prom when pigs fly.”

Three other students cut open the box to reveal pink pig-shaped balloons, which float off as Davis is wheeled around to see a row of students wearing shirts that spell out a simple question: “PROM?”

In the caption of the video, Nguyen wrote, “I met Ben Davis two years ago and ever since then we became really good friends. He is such a sweet person with a kind heart and it's an honor being able to ask him to prom!"

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The video was shared by a group on Facebook called “Love What Matters,” where it has been viewed nearly 6 million times.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Nguyen met Davis during his freshman orientation while she was working with the school’s Navigators program, which supports special needs students. Davis has pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), the Detroit Free Press reports, a rare condition caused by mutations in the PANK2 gene.

Nguyen told the Detroit Free Press, “I thought doing it at the pep rally where there are a lot of students would be a great idea to spread the message and to let others know that no one should be treated any different.”

“Appearance will eventually get old but personality is what make a person beautiful,” Nguyen said. “And if everyone could look past the physical appearance every time they meet someone, this world would be a better place.”

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