In fourth grade, Ben Moser vowed to take his friend with Down Syndrome, Mary Lapkowicz, to prom when they will be old enough. Seven years later, Ben kept his promise.
Their friendship dates back to second grade, and those who witnessed their special bond said that the two were inseparable.
Tracey Spogli, their fourth grade teacher, shared that she felt blessed to have been a part of her students’ story, “Watching Ben and Mary in 4th grade always made me smile. Ben was always so protective of Mary and genuinely cared for her, and it was evident in his actions and words. He would keep an eye on her, just wanting her to be happy and involved in our classroom activities.”
Ben recalled their elementary days, “I thought Mary was really cool. She was sweet and easy to get along with.”
Ben and Mary eventually went to different high schools. But, their paths must have been destined to cross again because Ben played as the quarterback of his school’s football team, which is the rival of Mary’s school.
This triggered Ben to remember his long-time pledge to Mary.
Soon enough, Mary was shocked to see Ben with a set of balloons, with one having a written note, “PROM?”.
Mary said that it was a pleasant surprise because she she didn’t have a date, ‘I was going to go with some friends”.
During prom night, Ben and Mary charmed everyone by wearing matching purple-themed outfits.
Included in the list of inspired individuals is Ben’s mother, Linda Moser, who expressed her delight for the kind of man that her son has become, “Today was probably the proudest I have ever been of my son in his lifetime to date! He has grown into a man with a big heart, a deep sense of putting others first, and most of all making people feel special and loved.”