EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The fall season brings football and homecoming to high schools across the country but one sophomore almost didn’t attend the dance until a touching friendship was forged.
Ryleigh Wilshire and Ethan Alexander met last year in P.E. class and struck up a friendship, and a deal.
“Last year in P.E. I showed him some pictures on my phone of homecoming, and we pinkie swore we’d go together this year,” Ryleigh said.
Last week, Ryleigh made good on her pinky swear.
“She came over and brought a poster, balloons and candy and made it a really neat thing for him,” Karrie Heck, Ethan’s mom, said.
Ethan showed off his suit, tie and his dancing at homecoming.
“She definitely said Ethan danced all night, she had a hard time keeping up,” Ryleigh’s dad, said.
“Seeing Ethan smile, that was best thing,” Ryleigh said about the evening.
“You know when you have a child with a disability you never know what they’re going to be able to do..that was just an amazing experience to watch him drive off with his friends and go to homecoming the way the rest of his friends do,” Ethan’s mom said.