Many high school students look forward to their senior prom for months, maybe even years, however things don’t always turn out as expected.
The senior prom at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, PA, was just one month after Carter Brown died in a car accident.
So, Carter’s father, Robert Brown, escorted his late son’s girlfriend, Kaylee, to the big dance.
“My son was a sweet, caring kid, and Kaylee is very sweet too, and she is a part of our family,” Robert told the Centre Daily Times. “When the passing topic of prom came up, I kept thinking my son would want her to go. That prompted me to get the ball rolling.”
Though a devastated Suders initially did not want to attend the prom, once Robert had contacted the school and gotten permission to take the heartbroken girl, she agreed to attend with her boyfriend’s dad.
“I know it would have made Carter happy that I still went, and I know he’s smiling ear to ear at the fact I went with his dad,” she added.
The photos were shared on Facebook by Carter’s mother, Kelly Brown.
“Add this to the list of reasons why I love my husband… Since Carter couldn’t escort Kaylee to her prom, Robert stepped in. Kaylee, I know Rob wasn’t your first choice for a date, but he will forever be mine,” she said.
The parents of Carter Brown added:
“We have four sons, and we lost our second oldest, Christopher, seven months before we lost Carter,” Brown said. “Life will have all kinds of curve balls that you can’t control. You have to have strength and courage to move forward. We lost two of our children. Our circumstance happened that way. You just learn to be able to go on and live for and care for everyone you still have with you.”