Tallahassee Church Gives People with Special Needs "A Night to Shine"

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Feb 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-15 23:05:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- For a lot of people, prom is the highlight of their high school years. But for others, it's an event they can't attend, until now.

The Tim Tebow Foundation launched "A night to shine" in 50 cities across the country, including Tallahassee.

Genesis church hosted the prom for people with special needs. Guests were greeted on a red carpet with paparazzi waiting to capture all the moments.

It's a night teenagers like Asia Calloway may have never got to experience. A night her parents thought she'd never get to attend.

"I'm excited. I never thought I'd be bringing her to prom, especially a special needs prom, but I'm glad to be here,"said Ronnie Adams. 

Asia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 1 and extreme scoliosis keeps her in a wheel chair. 2 factors that prevented her from ever being able to go to prom. All that changed Friday.

The prom was a night about being normal in a sometimes different world. It's about ignoring those limitations and having fun.

"I mean just look around you can see their faces light up. You can see. You know despite their struggles, despite the wheelchair, despite the canes, despite the feeding tubes, the walkers, they are OK right now. And that's alright. That's alright you know," said Jacquelyn Adams, Asia's mother.

Asia is nonverbal but that didn't stop her from expressing her excitement. 

"We can tell because she's clapping patty caking you know. She loves having eyes on her. Everybody watching her and the closer they are to her the better because she's very sensory. she's very. She needs the stimulation, the rubbing of her hands. So when she see people she's always reaching and that's how we can tell she's very happy. She loves that. She loves attention," explained the parents.

It was a night of good memories for the Adams family to contrast the struggles of their daily routine.