Father escorts daughter with neurodevelopment disorder to prom
BRYAN, Ohio (Derek Drake) -- A photo is worth a thousand words, right? Well for one father in Northwest Ohio, the story behind the photo is worth much more.
Earlier this month, Jesse Dennis escorted his daughter Emily, 17, to her prom. And Dennis told WTOL-TV that it was one of the proudest days of his life.
"I don't really remember a while lot other than people crying, and laughing, and cheering, and looking at her," Dennis recalled to WTOL-TV. "She's smiling the whole time."
According to WTOL Dennis is not Emily's biological father, but has been a part of her life for the past 10 years while he's been in a relationship with her mother. And as far as he's concerned... She's his little girl.
Emily is a junior at Bryan High School in the small town of less than 10,000 people to the west of Toledo.
She has Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopment disorder that causes her to regress. Emily can no longer speak or walk and dancing at her prom wouldn't be possible, but Dennis wasn't going to let her miss the opportunity!
"I know that I wanted her to go," Dennis said. "Every little girl should go to a prom."
The pictures of the two have gone viral over the past week, but Dennis said the pictures only scratch the surface of what it meant for them both.
"They finally played a slow song by Keith Urban, 'Falling in love in the back of a cop car,'" Dennis recalled. "She was sleeping, but we still danced. She don't remember it, but I will."
Dennis admitted to WTOL-TV that Emily has had him wrapped around her finger for the last 10 years, and friends and family describe them as two peas in a pod, best buddies.
"It was a good time. I would definitely do it again," Dennis said.
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