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Fourth Grader Makes a Promise to Classmate With Down Syndrome - Years Later, He Shows Up to Fulfill the Pact
Teen Takes Girl With Down Syndrome to Prom Years After They Made a Pact
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Fourth Grader Makes a Promise to Classmate With Down Syndrome - Years Later, He Shows Up to Fulfill the Pact

Meet Ben Moser and Mary Lapkowicz, two incredible souls whose friendship has stood the test of time since they first crossed paths in the second grade. Mary, a remarkable individual with Down syndrome, found an unwavering friend in Ben, a young boy who defied the norms of childhood to stand by her side.

The Promise a Fourth Grader Made to His Friend

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While many might have shied away from Mary due to her condition, Ben's heart held no boundaries.


He championed her inclusion in all activities, always ensuring her radiant smile never faded, even in the face of adversity. For three years, they shared the same elementary school classroom, and a beautiful connection was formed that transcended the ordinary.

In the fourth grade, Ben made a promise that would touch hearts and bring a spark of joy into Mary's life. As he watched his older cousin prepare for the prom, Ben turned to Mary and whispered a pledge that warmed her heart – when they were old enough, he would be the one to take her to the prom.

Life led them to separate high schools in Pennsylvania, but fate had a reunion in store. Their schools faced off on the football field, and amidst the excitement of the game, Ben remembered his promise to Mary. With a heart full of dedication, he orchestrated a surprise promposal that would forever be etched in their memories.

Mary was elated by the unexpected invitation. She had planned to go with friends, but this moment was beyond her dreams. Dressed in their finest attire, the two friends shared a magical night at Mary's high school prom, creating a moment that radiated pure joy.

Their fourth-grade teacher, Tracey Spogli, who had witnessed their friendship blossom, was there to see them off. She fondly remembered the days when Ben's watchful eye ensured Mary's happiness, and she called Mary the "Little Mary Sunshine" of their classroom.

How One Young Man Proved the Importance of Keeping Promises

Mary's brother Tom expressed the profound impact Ben had on his sister's life. He spoke of the renewed faith in humanity that Ben's actions ignited, a simple yet powerful act of kindness that put a radiant smile on Mary's face.

"A lot of grade-school aged kids may have stayed away from my sister Mary or thought she was weird because she has Downs [sic] Syndrome. But not Ben," Tom wrote on Facebook.

For Lisa Moser, Ben's mom, this friendship was a testament to the values she had instilled in her children – to put others first, love wholeheartedly, and stand up for what they believed in. "My heart just overflows with love watching (Ben and Mary) tell the story of their friendship," she said.

As this heartwarming story captivates the world, Lisa revealed that her son, humble as ever, doesn't see his actions as a big deal.

So, as we celebrate this beautiful friendship, let's share the magic of this story. Because in the end, it's the small gestures of love and friendship, like the one between Ben and Mary, that remind us of the beauty in the world, and the powerful impact of a promise kept.

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