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Special Needs Prom Inspires Memphis Community

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A group of churches in Memphis have organized their first-ever prom for teenagers who live with disabilities like Down syndrome.  More from ABC News on the "Memphis Joy Prom:"

[The prom was] complete with a red carpet, a makeup station, limos and tiaras for everyone. They had a prom dress donation drive in March, and a church member offered to cover tuxedo rentals from Men's Warehouse, so the 110 attendees didn't have to spend a dime.

"This was our first one, and it was unbelievable," organizer Ashley Parks told ABCNews.com.

Parks said one parent sent a heartfelt note thanking her for loving her children "as much as God loves them."

"We all cried over it," she said. "It was one of many."

But what made the Joy Prom different was that it allowed people 16 and up to attend. She said a couple with disabilities in their 60s went to Joy Prom because they never got to go to one when they were in high school.

Image: Prom corsage, via Shutterstock

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