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Donations send girl with down syndrome to prom

"She has down syndrome, but she's always been the 'Cinderella Type." -- Cindy Taylor, Mother (Pictured:Tabitha Taylor) (Source: Cindy Taylor) "She has down syndrome, but she's always been the 'Cinderella Type." -- Cindy Taylor, Mother (Pictured:Tabitha Taylor) (Source: Cindy Taylor)
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

Tabitha Taylor is Murphysboro High School student with down syndrome who's had dreams of attending a ball as a princess since she was a little girl.

Hundreds of dollars' worth of donations made those dreams come true on the night of Saturday, May 2.

"She told me 'Mom, we need to do the Cinderella thing,'" said mother Cindy Taylor. "She has down syndrome, but she always was the 'Cinderella type.'"

With no way to find a dress in Tabitha Taylor's size on short notice, her sister told her mom to put an ad online as a last resort.

"I said, we can't do that...It'll never work," Cindy Taylor said. "But within minutes after my daughter put it on, there was already comments, and people wanting to give dresses, all to help Tabitha."

Many of the responses to Cindy Taylor's ad on Heartland Community Swap consisted of people reaching out with donations.

Tabitha Taylor attended the MHS prom with a professionally crafted corsage, a blue dress with silver slippers and even had her hair professionally done.

"She got in the car and for fifteen minutes...She put down the mirror and she just looked in the mirror for fifteen minutes in such awe of her hair," Cindy Taylor said.

"I look like Cinderella!" Tabitha Taylor exclaimed as she walked through Mandala Gardens in Marion with professional photographer Dana Tanner.

"It's been hard for me to keep tears back," Tanner said. "I don't have any dresses, I didn't have anything like that, but I do photography!"

Her mom said that after the dance, Tabitha Taylor came home with one of her slippers missing in hopes that someone out there would bring it back.

If you find the lost slipper, contact us.

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