When Mikenzy Snell posted pictures of going to the prom with Matt Pliska, she probably didn’t expect them to end up on the TV and in papers worldwide.
The reason for the viral effect is the fact that Mikenzy’s friend Matt has Down’s Syndrome and the poster held by the duo on their way to the dance has captured the hearts of many.
The poster is a reference to the fact that Down’s Syndrome sufferers have an extra copy of chromosome 21 – and that it shouldn’t make any difference, and according to Mikenzy, the pair have been close since the fifth grade.
Mikenzy wanted to show everyone that they were friends, and that people with Down’s Syndrome were just the same as others without it. And although we feel nowadays that people don’t need to take these measures to prove that, it’s still nice to see the right things going viral.
Matt has also survived Leukaemia and his mother claimed that he and Mikenzy would be ‘forever friends’ – and after seeing how close the pair are, that seems like a good bet to us!