Teen With Noonan Syndrome Accepts Prom Invitation from School Football Star

February 6, 2015

Autumn Pollard was unaware that her high school hosted an annual prom until she was invited in front of the entire school.

Autumn is a junior at Corning High School in Corning, Arkansas. The 19-year-old was born with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disease that causes abnormal growth in various parts of the body.

“Her genetic disorder [was] confirmed by Harvard in 2004,” said Suzanne Pollard, Autumn’s mother. “She is 4 feet tall and 57 pounds.”

Each year, Autumn dances at her pep rally with the school mascot. This time, the mascot turned her around to find Cope Robinson, a star football player at Corning and a friend of Autumn’s.

In a very touching proposal, Robinson was standing next to signs spelling out the word “prom” with a question mark at the end.

“He asked me to prom,” Autumn said. “I like his hair. He’s nice.”

Pollard was in the audience at the school’s gymnasium when Robinson asked her daughter to prom.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “We weren’t aware of what was going to happen, so we all started crying. It happened in front of the whole student body.”

Autumn, who loves to shop, told ABC News that she’s most looking forward to finding the perfectprom dress and “hanging out with Cope.”


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