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Ferndale mother creates 'Our Fairytale Prom' for those with special needs

By: Jackalyn Kovac

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- A Ferndale mother decided to give her son his own prom, knowing he wouldn't be able to attend his school's dance because he has epilepsy. However, Carrie Boyer didn't expect her idea to turn into a large event for a number of other people.

Carrie Boyer's twin boys were born prematurely at 24 weeks. Her son, Charles Boyer, faces a number of challenges every day: he is legally blind, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and has undergone a number of surgeries.

He is a 19 year-old senior at the Vo-Tech Life Skills program through Ferndale Area School District. In addition to wanting to walk with his class, Charles Boyer asked to attend prom.

Because of his health issues, his mom chose to give Charles Boyer his own prom.

"There's a lot of children that don't get to go to prom. A lot of special needs kids do need a lot of one-on-one care; they just can't do it, so we decided why don't we just give him his own prom, and we can invite all the special needs children to come," said Carrie Boyer.

The idea started with Charles Boyer, but the event will now be for anyone that has special needs.

"I honestly didn't think it would get this big. It started out as just a prom for Charles with friends and family, but as the word got out there it turned into a prom for everybody," said Carrie Boyer.

"Our Fairlytale Prom" will be held May 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Our Son's Banquet Hall in Johnstown.

Several community members have come together to help provide a number of services for the event, but more is needed.

This event will be for anyone age 15 years and older with a special need.

For more information, please contact myspecialprom@yahoo.com.

 
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