VANCOUVER, WA (KTRK) — It is that time of year where high school students across the country are getting excited about who they’re going to ask to the Homecoming Dance.
For two families, they never thought they’d see their kids headed off to the dance.
Gabbie Shell and Paul Pedersen are students at Mountain View High School. Both have Cerebral Palsy, a disease that keeps them confined to a wheel chair and limits their ability to talk.
On Friday, students and staff at the high school helped Paul ask Gabbie to the dance. He had a sign and flowers for her.
“Those are experiences that you don’t ever think you are going to have with children like Gabbie and Paul.” Gabbie’s mother Sarah Shell said. “So it has been very happy and emotional at the same time.”
“We’re already talking about, you know, her going dress shopping, boutonnieres and corsage,” Paul’s mom Amber Pedersen said.
For the high school sweethearts, they’re showing so many they’re not letting a disease hold them back from having a little fun and dance the night away.
“It’s a dream come true,” Pedersen said.