15-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Dances the Night Away During Prom for Teens With Special Needs

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For many teens, prom night is a chance to get dressed up, take pictures with friends and dance the night away.

That’s exactly what 15-year-old Mary Faith Musella did when she attended Night to Shine, a prom night dedicated to teens with special needs.

“Mary Faith is like everybody else,” her mom Tamara Musella told InsideEdition.com. “She is a thunderbolt and sunshine at the same time.”

Mary Faith has Down syndrome, but her differences were celebrated at the Carle Place High School in Long Island, New York – one of the more than 500 venues around the world that held the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine.

“I think people may misunderstand [...] because she's not answering the questions or she looks a little different. She's different but not at all. She's a teenager in every way, shape and form,” Tamara said. “To give them a night to shine like this, to be the kings and queens, to be in the spotlight, it gives them something to cherish.”

To relive Mary Faith’s magical experience, watch the video above.

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