Teen with rare disorder who wasn’t even expected to live gets to go to prom

Teen with rare disorder who wasn’t even expected to live gets to go to prom
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Parker Goodall, a 16-year-old junior at Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, Massachusetts, lived to attend Prom 2018 — and, by all accounts, appeared to have had a great time.

What’s wrong with Parker?

Parker suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, which negatively impacts Parker’s “growth, cognitive function, behavior, and appetite,” according to WBZ-TV.

The genetic disorder also reportedly prevents Parker from ever feeling fully satisfied after eating, which makes “access to food dangerous.”

Parker’s mother, Colleen, told WBZ, “We actually didn’t expect Parker to live when he was born, and to get to this point it does take a village.”

She added that her son is also “never alone” and “always has another adult with him or another responsible individual.”

What about the prom?

Parker chose the color of his blue tux with his prom date, Jacqui Tripp, specifically in mind.

“It’s her favorite color,” Parker bashfully told WBZ.

According to the outlet, Tripp and Parker’s other friends worked together to make Parker’s night fun and memorable, and even rented a limo for the festivities.

WBZ reported that Parker was “excited about dinner, dancing, and of course, spending time with his prom date.”

The outlet reported that Parker’s mother said that her son often feels like he misses out on all of the fun that goes along with adolescence, but prom was an exception.

Tripp told the outlet that Parker invited her to the dance by asking if she’d be his “Cinderella” for the prom.

She happily obliged.