Teens not expected to live past toddlers go to prom together

By  | 

HUGO, Okla. (KXII) -- It's that time of year.

"Uh, prom!"

A night high schoolers will never forget and look forward to for months.

"I'm pretty much excited, you know, having to accompany my dear friend to his prom," said Zoe.

For her and Bradford, this is a once in a lifetime experience.

'Pretty happy about that," said Bradford.

Bradford, from Hugo, Oklahoma, asked Zoe, who lives all the way in Mckinney, to be his date.

"He asked me, 'Will you go to prom with me as a friend?' And I said, 'yes!" said Zoe.

Well, once he got the right idea.

"I thought this was going to be a typical prom, you know, the lovey-dovey stuff," said Bradford.

But their lives have been anything but typical.

"I have CCHS, or Congenital Central Hypoventalation Syndrome," said Bradford.

"Meaning I cannot breathe at night," said Zoe.

Bradford and Zoe both have a rare disease that affects only 1400 people in the world and a mutation that touches only ten.

They've defied the odds simply by living long enough to attend the prom and they've leaned on each other along the way.

"Well, she is a pretty good girl," said Bradford.

It's an experience that led Zoe and her mom to start Hope's Seed, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support to other families touched by special needs.

"Our organization has gathered a lot of moms and a lot of kids who have special needs and need some group support and helps them to get a brighter future and positive outlook," said Zoe.

Zoe and Bradford say it's that positivity that carries them through their toughest days and hope other kids see their example.

"I say to not let anything hold them back and to actually live out their dreams," said Bradford.