In high school, Daniel Ravis was an ordinary 17-year-old boy who wanted to go to his homecoming. When he asked girls if they would be his date, he was rejected.
It was so bad for him that he didn’t want to go at all because the rejection stemmed from him having Down’s syndrome. However, things changed for him when a 10th-grader asked him to be her date.
Daniel Rivas got the surprise of his life when Kylie Fronius asked him to the school dance. Her actions weren’t because she felt sorry for the boy, but because she genuinely wanted to be his date.
“I don’t think of kids that have a disability as being different. I think of them just being a normal person, learning in a different way,” she explained.
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Little did the two students know that Fronius’ gesture would reach far and wide. The news spread around the school and eventually reached the Fox5 TV channel.
On the day of the dance, Fronius and Daniel took the usual pre-dance photos where they were all dressed up. Then the Fox5 Surprise Squad arrived to surprise them.
The channel sent through a Rolls Royce to take the couple to the dance. On the way, the couple and Daniel’s mother, Tonya Rivas, were taken to a luxury restaurant where they could eat anything they wanted.
“I usually drive past here often, but always think it’s completely impossible to bring the kids here because it’s so expensive,” Tonya said.
Arriving at the dance Kylie and Daniel found that a red carpet had been laid out with fellow students waiting to greet them. The pair danced and had fun at the homecoming before the Surprise Squad brought them to the front of the hall to give them more gifts.
The channel announced that both students would go to Disneyland with their respective families. The team also gave Daniel a $10,000 college grant while Kylie was given a brand-new car.
Daniel’s feelings of rejection were turned into a night to remember for both himself and his date.
In another story, Meagan Nash gave birth to her son Asher Nash who had Down’s syndrome. Seeing his love for posing and taking photographs she got an agent and sent his headshots to a modelling agency in Atlanta for a casting call for Carter.
Asher was rejected because he was different but his mother wouldn’t give up. She reached out, among others, to Carter’s subsidiary OshKosh B’gosh which was a brand her son wore most often.
Her persistence in seeing disabled children in mainstream media landed her a meeting with the brand who said:
“We have extended an invitation to Asher to participate in a future photo shoot and look forward to getting to know him, and his family, better in the future.”
December 19, 2018