Teen Never Gets Chance To Wear Dress To Prom, Then Army Of 120 Bikers Show Up On Mom's Doorstep
Katie Mooney 8/2/2017
How does it truly feel to be bullied - to be the target of another person's hate-inspired words and actions? You simply cannot understand the depth of hurt and sadness experienced, unless you or a loved one has been the recipient of bullying behavior.
Being a teenager is hard, especially when you're different from the rest of your peers. The life of 16-year-old Shannon Purcifer changed when she found herself battling multiple health conditions. And sadly, not only was this courageous young girl forced to stand up to these debilitating illnesses - she was forced to stand up to those bullying her, as well.
Shannon's mother, Claire Carstens, posted the above picture of Shannon on her Facebook page - along with the following comment:
"If Shannon had gone to prom tonight she would of worn this beautiful dress. Thanks to nasty vile bullies shannon decided she didn't want to go and mix with scum that made her so miserable. For a girl that has had so much to deal with in life....coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis, she is one strong young lady with an even stronger mind!!"
As if having to battle these terrible illnesses wasn't enough, Shannon was also being tormented by her peers because of her health conditions. As a result of the bullying she was enduring, Shannon decided not to go to the very prom she'd been so excited to attend.
When people learned of this teen's story, they were heartbroken.
That's when a miracle occurred...
Those who know and love Shannon, as well as strangers who'd never before met her, decided to give this teen a prom night she'd never forget!
Over one hundred of Shannon's family members and friends came together and planned a party for Shannon, her very own prom - complete with music, dancing, decorations, a buffet, and loads of loving supporters!
This surprised teen shared,
"It was better than I could ever have imagined. It was far better than if I had gone to my own school prom."
And, how could this gathering get any better, you ask? How about having 120 bikers show up to escort this stunning young woman to her personal prom! Sporting the gown she thought she'd never wear, Cinderella was on her way to the ball on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle!
Shannon's mom Claire explained,
"She got up and had her nails and hair done first, then her make-up and then all of her friends started to arrive. We went to Foster Gardens en route to the venue so everyone could have their photo taken."
She went on to share,
"The bikers were just amazing. We're really grateful for everyone's help. Shannon was very emotional but she looked amazing."
Claire opened up about the bullying that her daughter had been experiencing,
"It started about halfway through year 10 and continued into year 11. It's mainly been name-calling and intimidation but there has been physical bullying too. Having to put up with all of that has been too much for her."
The combination of health struggles and peer bullying had become extremely overwhelming for Shannon - and a day full of love, family, friends, and celebration was just what she needed, and deserved!
FB Image Credit: Facebook/Kevin Carstens