Promise kept: High school quarterback escorts friend with Down syndrome to prom

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — As a parent, Lisa Troutman Moser is as proud as she can be.

Over the weekend, her son, Ben, fulfilled a promise he made to a friend back in the fourth grade. He took Mary Lapkowicz, a girl with Down syndrome, to the prom.

“Today was probably the proudest I have ever been of my son in his lifetime to date!” Ben’s mom wrote on Facebook.

According to The Patriot-News, Ben and Mary met in elementary school — but lost touch when she moved to a nearby district in middle school.

They reconnected during a football game last year. Ben played quarterback for his school. Mary assisted her father as equipment manager for her school’s football team.

Ben remembered the promise he made.

“We got balloons and I wrote ‘prom’ on it,” Ben told The Patriot-News. “I presented her with the balloons and asked her to go to prom with me.”

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

“Today with joyful tears in my eyes and down my face I watched a promise made, 7 years ago, to  a beautiful girl fulfilled,” Ben’s mom wrote on Facebook.

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