Taylor Swift Asked To Prom By Wheelchair-Bound Teen With Rare Disease
Earlier this year, a New Jersey teen with leukemia asked Taylor Swift to go to prom with him. She said she couldn’t, but offered to take him to the ACM Awards instead. Now, a Colorado teen is hoping for a similar response.
Devon Whitney, a 19-year-old high school student from Aurora, Colorado, has made a YouTube video asking Taylor to be his date for his prom. He says he’s afraid to ask someone from his school because he has a rare disease that makes him look different.
Devon suffers from something called OPD Syndrome, with which only a few people in the world have ever been diagnosed. As a result of his condition, he’s confined to a wheelchair and has had to have two dozen surgeries since he was born. “People stare at me because of the way I look,” Devon Says ”They laugh at me and talk behind my back. And sometimes I can hear them.”
In Devon’s video prom proposal, he tells Taylor, by holding up a series of signs, a little about his life and his struggles, and how at first, he didn’t want to go to prom because “it just seemed like another opportunity for kids to be mean.” “But then I started to think, ” he continues in a series of signs, “If I had a crazy beautiful date, how could they possibly make fun of me? So then I started to think who that might be…then you popped into my head.”
In the last series of signs, he calls Taylor “breathtaking,” and adds, “There’s nobody else in this world that would compare to you as a date. So what do you say?” So far, the video’s gotten over 3,000 views.
“I really, really want her to be my prom date if that’s OK with her,” he told 9News.com. “I just think she’s the sweetest girl I’ve ever known. Because I saw her live in concert and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, she’s amazing!”