Teen With Debilitating Disease Gets Ultimate Honor at Senior Prom (VIDEO)

Brandon WechslerFor any teenage boy, being crowned prom king is kind of a big deal. Heck, it's one of those things that you'll go back and tell your kids about one day. For Brandon Wechsler, a senior at Pinnacle High School in Arizona, it's a moment that he never thought he'd see. Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the 18-year-old hasn't been able to walk for eight years. Last weekend, the smiling teenager who said he just wanted to "go out with a bang" was crowned prom king

It's a beautiful story, one of true strength. Instead of letting his disability hold him back, Brandon smiled and enjoyed an extra special night with his friends. I can't help but think that the whole thing had to be really special for his parents, too.

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Day in and day out, we hear so many horrible stories about the bullying that goes on in our nation's high schools. Brandon being disabled makes him a very easy target for ignorant bullying. It's truly heartwarming to see that rather than being ostracized for his condition -- he's accepted. Rather than being seen as that kid in the wheelchair, Brandon is one of the most popular kids in school, known for his smile and his good attitude.

I can only imagine how proud his parents must be, both of their son for keeping his head held high and the accepting community at his high school. As a parent, you just want your child to feel accepted and happy. By the looks of Brandon's big smile, I can say that on that night -- he felt on top of the world.

Hear more about Brandon's story, here:

Does this put a smile on your face?

 

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