Her name is Brooke Dutridge, she is a senior at Sylvania Southview in Sylvania Ohio. She was diagnosed with Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. That is chronic pain disorder where the nervous system goes haywire after a simple injury. She has had problems staying in school and keeping up with her credits so she took up online courses and to catch up with her credits and grades.
Asking a boy to prom? Brooke wanted the American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, to take her to prom. She went onto WNWO to ask for support and recognition that she needed to get Scotty McCreery to take her to prom. She said,” I don’t want him because he’s famous or an American Idol winner, I think that he’s a real down to Earth guy and he’s very sweet.” When she would sit down with her family to do homework they would watch American Idol and she would listen. When she heard Scotty’s audition she immediately knew that he would go far in his career. That video went viral, it received 28,000 views. She had her prom the 5th of may of 2013 but unfortunately Scotty was not able to make it due to his tour. He met up with Brooke later on and he signed her guitar, got her VIP passes and tickets to his concert in Columbus. He said that she was a very sweet girl and they were both very excited to meet each other.
When I first heard this story, I didn’t want to believe that some ordinary girl with a dystrophy as severe as that one could get the attention of a famous country singer such as Scotty McCreery let alone 28,000 more people. I also have a case like Brooke’s. I was diagnosed with Complex regional pain syndrome. (CRPS) It’s a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body, but often affects an arm or leg. Now Brooke has her whole body that’s being affected but with me, its primarily and arm or leg. It gives people like Brooke and myself hope that we can do things just like everybody else. Brook has inspired me to keep going in school and not to give up just because I was diagnosed with this disorder.
Just because people may not look like they have something such as what Brooke Dutridge has or even worse doesn’t mean that you can be cruel or even pick on people for wanting to do whatever it is that they wish to do. If it is something such as football that Brooke would have wished to have done it doesn’t mean that she should be discriminated against because she’s a girl. To me, it means that she dares to be different. Think about it, she could have asked any random boy to prom with her but instead she wanted to be rare and ask her one true guy that she wanted to go with which was Scotty McCreery. Think about that next time you want to pick on somebody for being different than you. Is it because they want to be different? Or because they want to show off their abilities?