Daniel Rivas has down syndrome and not a lot of people his special case, which is why he was turned down when he asked a girl to homecoming. But that’s not the end of the story. Rather, it was just the beginning.
In comes Kylie Fronius, a 10th grader at her school who heard that he was rejected. She went to Daniel and asked him if he could go with her to homecoming. He was delighted and said yes. Daniel’s mother, Tonya Rivas, said, “Words can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now. Someone took the time to take my son home.”
“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. Kylie said in an interview.
News outlets heard the story and as it went viral. Fox5 came with their show “Surprise Squad”. They reward simple acts of kindness in hopes that more people get inspired and pass it on to others.
On the day of the homecoming, Fox5 took the friends to a fancy restaurant. They enjoyed their favorite food: spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and some cake. After that they rode the Rolls Royce limo to their school.
When they reached the school, a red carpet was laid for them! The joy on Daniel and Kylie’s face was very evident.
Toward the end of the program, Fox5 announced that they were sending the families of Daniel and Kylie’s to Disneyland. Everyone was so happy for them. But they had more surprises for them!
After this, Don Forman, owner of United Nissan, came forward and awarded Daniel with a $10,000 college scholarship. His mother was so happy because according to her, Daniel always wanted to go to college to be a chef.
Then he turned to Kylie and said there was something for her as well. Forman asked everyone to go outside. When they went outside, there it was, a brand new car for Kylie!
Don Forman said, “[This] young lady has a huge heart, and she was inspirational.”
If you’ve been inspired by this, please pay it forward.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.