Special needs teen gets her prom dream

April 1, 2010 3:10:05 AM PDT
A high school senior from the Conroe area with special needs will get to realize her dream of going to her prom in just a few weeks. Dani Wilkening, 17, will get to be a princess at the prom because her very own fairy godmother showed an amazing amount of generosity.

"The night that Dani was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I woke up in the middle of the night and I cried. I said, 'My baby's never gonna go to prom,'" said Dani's mom, Vicki Goodnight.

She worried for 17 years that her daughter Dani would not get to go to her prom at Oak Ridge High School. Dani's confinement to a wheelchair makes it impossible to try on dresses inside dress shops. Every shop Dani went to could not help her, until she found a fairy godmother in The Woodlands.

"I've never had this challenge before, so it really became a great mission to try to help her," said Laurie Metcalf-Brock of Dream Day Bridal.

She allowed Dani to take a dress home to try it on, then went the extra mile to help Dani. She ultimately found a beautiful dress.

"She was almost in tears because she was so excited," said Kristina Glaze of Dream Day Bridal.

"It's gorgeous. I can't even express it. It's gorgeous," Dani said.

"It came down to the wire, but Laurie got the last dress and it was the perfect dress," said Vickie.

Finding the perfect dress was the biggest obstacle, but not the only one. Laurie will see if she can find people to do Dani's hair and makeup and find a limousine to drive her to prom.

"There's gonna be a lot of chasing accessories down and everything's gonna be just so, but my daughter gets to be a princess," said Vicki.

"It's just amazing to think that I'm going to be able to go to prom. I didn't think was going to be able to," Dani said.

Her prom is April 17. She plans to go to dinner with her sisters then go to the prom for some fun.


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