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Teen helps young cousin be prom queen for a day

Posted - Mar. 24, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.


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ROY -- A Utah teenager made an unusual decision when notified he was nominated for prom king.

At Roy High School, the presentation of prom nominees is done at a school assembly. The eight boys and eight girls nominated can choose anyone to walk them across the stage in the voting assembly.

Student Wyatt Fielding says when he found out he was nominated for Junior Prom King, his next decision was an easy one.

Instead of choosing his girlfriend, he chose his 4-year-old cousin, Presley, who has spinal muscular atrophy. It's a disease that slowly deteriorates muscles, eventually preventing patients from walking. Children with this illness have a life expectancy of only a few years, but Presley is a fighter.

"I thought I'd be cool if she could walk at my junior prom, because she probably won't be able to walk at hers," Wyatt said.

Wyatt says he's thinking about taking Presley to the actual dance.

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