People tend to be naturally fond of surprises, and sometimes it can happen in the most unexpected ways!
When you hear the story of Ben Moser and Mary Lapkowicz, you’re going to be in love!
In second grade, Ben noticed that Mary was often excluded in some activities, so he did the unthinkable!
In fourth grade, he promised to take her to prom. He even stopped a game one day when Mary wasn’t in and he and his classmates decided to give her a chance to score, and they did!
The two grew to be great friends as they played together, and Tracey Spogli, their teacher, didn’t miss a thing about it!
From Tracey’s own words, Ben never let Mary get excluded from any activity. He always found a way to pull her in!
But Mary transferred to another school district when they got to sixth grade, and they lost contact. She became the equipment manager for her school team, and he grew to be the star quarterback of his school team. And that’s when things got hot!
Their two teams met to play each other, and Mary and Ben were re-united, and what happened next blew my mind!
Watch the clip and see what happens! Get set for a very wide smile!

Mary and Ben first met in second grade. Though some of the other kids excluded Mary, Ben made an extra effort to befriend her.

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“I thought Mary was really cool,” said Ben. “She was sweet and easy to get along with.”

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In fourth grade, Ben promised Mary that he would one day take her to prom. However, in sixth grade Mary changed school districts and the two drifted apart.

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When Ben and Mary’s school football teams played each other, they reunited and Ben knew he had to make good on his promise.

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“I was surprised,” Mary said. “I was going to go with some friends.”

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Needless to say, their families were pretty excited about this milestone. Mary’s brother, Tom, wrote a special thank you to Ben on Facebook.

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“A lot of grade-school aged kids may have stayed away from my sister Mary or thought she was weird because she has Downs Syndrome. But not Ben.”

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“He always looked out for her, always made sure to pick her on his team at recess and even made a promise to her in 4th grade to take her to the prom someday.”

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“Seven years later, he made good on that promise and in the process put a smile on Mary’s face & restored my faith in humanity. Have a great time at the prom you two!”

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