High school senior Aubrey Bridges was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and also has a disorder known as Vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation. As a result, her ability to communicate is impacted. Still, she does have big hopes like any other girl.
In the run up to her high school prom, Bridges could not help but dream of going with Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Steve Smith. The “Dream on 3” organization, dedicated to make dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, helped out by personally contacting Smith and informing him of the girl’s big wish.
Once the sports enthusiast heard Bridges’ story, he could not help but extend her an invitation to accompany him to the party — which, of course, Bridges gladly accepted. The Ravens put together an amazing video of the prom weekend at which the young girl was even crowned North Gaston High School prom queen.
The video shared on Facebook by the Baltimore Ravens has been shared more than 8,000 times and commented upon by hundreds of social media users.
“Thank you Steve. As a mom of an autistic son (who's now 37), I can't tell you how this has touched my heart. You have always been and always will be my favorite football player...not just because you play great football, but because you are a great role model for young people. God bless you,” one woman wrote.
“This is why we love our Ravens. They are more than just football players. They are gentlemen and support their fans as much as we support them. Well done Steve Smith Sr.!!” another commented.