Mary Lapkowicz and Ben Moser have been friends since the fourth grade. Even their fourth grade teacher, Tracey Spogli noticed how hard Ben worked to include Mary, who has Down Syndrome, in games and activities. Ms. Spogli told Penn Live:
"He watched over her constantly. If she was looking like she wasn't having fun, he would go over and talk to her. He would pull her into what ever activity they were doing."
At the end of the school year, Ben told his mom that when they were old enough, he would ask Mary to go to prom with him.
And sure enough, seven years later, Ben asked Mary to the dance by writing "Prom?" on a set of balloons.