Joslyn Levell, a 14-year-old West Virginia eighth-grader with spina bifida, was upset that no one was asking her to the school dance. Luckily, a conversation on a school bus led to an unforgettable evening for the little girl.
No one was asking Levell to the dance, something she confided to one of her bus mates. J.T. Thomas, a rookie with the Chicago Bears, accompanied Levell to her end-of-school-year formal dance after hearing a story from his 7-year-old brother who has autism and rides the same school bus as Levell. Levell has spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth, and is confined to a wheelchair most of the time.
After securing permission from both Levell's parents and the district, Thomas escorted the young girl to an event that she was worried she would not be able to attend.
"I'm not used to the attention, but I like it," Levell said. "It's been amazing. I can't wait to hear what everybody has to say."
Thomas has promised that if he secures a position with the Bears this fall, he will do everything he can to get game tickets for Levell and her family.