Orlando Teen With Down Syndrome Found the Cutest Way to Ask Girlfriend to School Dance

A young man found a uniquely adorable way to invite his girlfriend to their school’s homecoming dance. He’s a football player; she’s a cheerleader; and they both live with Down syndrome. The young couple is living proof that their disability doesn’t stand in the way of enjoying life.

David Matthew Cowen is a senior at Seminole High School, and his girlfriend, Saris Marie Garcia, is a junior at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, near Orlando in Florida. It was September 2019 when Cowen decided to invite Garcia to his school’s homecoming dance; however, as it was their first dance together, he chose a special way of asking her to be his date.

“He was so excited and dancing in the bleachers, saying, ‘Shhh, its a surprise! I am asking her to Homecoming!’” Wanda Cruz, the girl’s mother, recalled, per Yahoo Lifestyle.

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It was on the night of Thursday, Sept. 26 during a football game where Garcia’s cheerleading squad was participating that Cowen approached her with the surprise. The touching Instagram video shows the young man walking towards his girlfriend while holding flowers, balloons, and a big sign that read, “Will you be my sunshine to Homecoming?”

The excited girl can be seen jumping up and down while excitedly exclaiming “yes!” All in the midst of enthusiastic applause and cheers from the crowd.

“She was radiant! She said many times, ‘I can’t believe it!’” Cruz said, per Yahoo Lifestyle. “Everyone was so touched by their reaction. They were both so happy.”

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That Saturday, the pair attended the homecoming dance, and, as Cruz told Fox News, “They had a lot of fun.” The happy mother recalled how the principal of Cowen’s school even had the pair join him onstage and introduced them to the school as a special couple, and the crowd went wild. She added that the attendees “were jumping and screaming and cheering for them” and that it was “so cute.”

Cowen and Garcia have known each other since they were small. They first met when they were 3 years old in a speech therapy clinic in Orlando. However, Cowen’s parents moved away, and they were only reunited years later upon discovering that the two were going to the same private school in the Pembroke pines area.

The families then both moved back, and the relationship between the children “grew.” They started dating when they were around 14–15 years old.

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Living with Down syndrome does not stop these two teens from living the lives they want. Garcia is a part-time model, with over 18,000 followers on Instagram, and was featured at Orlando Fashion Week in 2019. Fox News reports that a picture of the couple was even featured in Times Square in New York during Down Syndrome Awareness month.

“It feels amazing to share this story and also to see the impact on other families [with children with Down syndrome], how they feel inspired, and it shows them they can have a fulfilling life,” Cruz explained, per Fox News. “They have hopes and dreams and are capable. It’s great to promote inclusion and acceptance.”

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Author: Lori C. Summers

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