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Students at Vancouver high school help with special homecoming proposal for teens with cerebral palsy

Vancouver, WA – It is that time of year, where high school students are getting butterflies about who they’re going to ask to the homecoming dance.

For two Vancouver 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, and the disease keeps them confined to a wheel chair and limits their ability to talk.

So, going to a homecoming dance may seem out of the picture for some.

“It’s just something you don’t ever think is going to happen,” said Gabbie’s mother, Sarah Shell.

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.” Sarah said. “So, it has been very happy but emotional at the same time.”

“We’re already talking about, you know, her going dress shopping, color coordinating, boutonnieres and corsage,” said Paul’s mom, Amber Pedersen.

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 dancing the night away.

“It’s a dream come true,” Amber said.

The families are working on plans on how to get the two a limo for the dance and other things that go along with the homecoming night.